Shipdham pupils get to use new outdoor gym they helped to plan

Pupils enjoy new outdoor gym equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham.

Pupils enjoy new outdoor gym equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham. - Credit: Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Primary school pupils are enjoying getting fit in the fresh air after seeing their ideas for an outdoor gym come to fruition. 

Youngsters have begun to use the new exercise equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham following community fundraising by Shipdham Parochial Fuel Allotment Charity and Friends of Shipdham Schools.

New outdoor gym equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham

Pupils at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham helped to plan the new outdoor gym. - Credit: Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Children from the student council and eco-council were involved in choosing the equipment that includes a double air skier, double air walker, double seated leg press, arm and pedal bike.

Headteacher Shannon O’Sullivan said: “Our ethos is to build a community of children who love the outdoors and exercise. We have noticed that children are keen to get outside more having spent time cooped up at home during lockdown.” 

Pupils enjoy new outdoor gym equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham.

Pupils enjoy new outdoor gym equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham. - Credit: Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Helen Crane, spokesperson for Shipdham Parochial Fuel Allotment Charity, said: “This equipment is an exciting addition to help the children in their physical health and develop their love of exercise.”


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Year 6 pupil Dom said: “I’ve used these at my local park and I can’t wait to be able to use them in school.”

Pupils enjoy new outdoor gym equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham.

Pupils enjoy new outdoor gym equipment at Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham. - Credit: Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust


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