Bury school’s bowling and independent travel success

Priory School students have been working with the Independent Travel Training team ANL-160715-161008001
Priory School students have been working with the Independent Travel Training team ANL-160715-161008001

A Bury St Edmunds school has scored a double success after a community bowling team-up and a confidence boosting scheme to help pupils travel independently.

Priory School, which caters for pupils with complex and moderate learning difficulties, has taken part in Suffolk County Council’s new Independent Travel Training scheme.

Priory School's Explorer scout unit  have been working with Ixworth bowling club ANL-160715-161025001

Priory School's Explorer scout unit have been working with Ixworth bowling club ANL-160715-161025001

Pupils work one-to-one with a member of the training team to gradually build their confidence to travel to and from the school, in Mount Road, on their own using public transport.

The trainers assist the pupils in getting a bus and show them how to safely use road crossings.

Headteacher Lawrence Chapman said they wanted to boost pupils’ independence as they prepare for college and post 16 provision.

He said: “You see the confidence in the young people grow. The key focus has been travelling to and from school but it gives them the confidence to be able to use the bus into town at weekends.

“It’s really been helpful in terms of removing some of the barriers of social isolation.

“The great thing is that the training can be as long or short as it needs to be - some need it for months and for others it’s weeks.”

Eight students are now travelling independently and nine other students have undertaken the training

Meanwhile, the school’s explorer scout unit ‘Atlantis Explorers’ have been working with Ixworth Bowling Club over the last couple of months.

They have learnt to use bowls with a bias and earnt their physical recreation scout badge. Mr Chapman added: “For any young person, meeting new people and getting introduced to a new sport is really fantastic.”