Ethos College is a school providing longer term full time education to pupils aged 14 to 16 with wide ranging Social, Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) needs. This year twelve GSCE PE students from Ethos College were given the opportunity to utilise the gym facilities at KAL’s Dewsbury Sports Centre.
Using the gym at KAL has allowed students to complete their Personal Exercise programme and also understand and apply the theoretical elements of their course in a kinaesthetic sense, notably with Principles and Methods of training, Physiology components, Fitness Testing Health and Well-being and Anatomy.
Richard Jones, from Ethos College said: “The staff at Dewsbury have been fantastic and helpful with all our students. This gym unit of work we have been doing has really benefited so many of our students throughout school as it gives them something to look forward to, has improved behaviour and attitudes towards work in school and improved the self-esteem and confidence of some of our anxious students.”
Using the gym allowed students to find out about themselves, whilst competing against themselves and self-evaluating their own physical performance. Furthermore, for two students, since they started accessing gym sessions, their attendance significantly increased and this contributed to better achievement in other subjects, giving them a better outlook on their whole school experience.
Students at Ethos College have now developed their own exercise programmes, work independently and feel safe and secure in striving for better performance. Recently students also had the opportunity to develop their leadership qualities by teaching other members of staff how to exercise safely and appropriately in the gym.
Furthermore, students who are part of the No Knives Better Lives (NKBL) programme were able to have access to KAL’s gym facilities at Dewsbury Sports Centre as part of their intervention package.
Exercise at the gym has been a great way to carry out meaningful intervention during exercise, in a safe and secure environment, which has enabled students to speak openly about the reasons for their referral and how Ethos College can support them.
In addition, the majority of students who accessed the gym sessions have successfully reintegrated back into mainstream school.