Pupils at Lewes Priory School pedal their way to al fresco breakfast

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Priory School, Lewes, has recently become the first secondary in the area to become a ‘Bike It’ school.

The initiative is organised by Sustrans and East Sussex County Council, and is a national schools project.

Aims are to increase the number of students and teachers cycling (and walking) to school, giving young people the skills, confidence and independence to cycle and walk to school, and promoting a cycling culture.

Priory staged its first event as part of the initiative on Friday – a Bike Breakfast. This was aimed at the students in Year 7 and Year 8, and all those who cycled to school received a free breakfast.

It was served up at the front of the school, allowing all the other students and staff to witness it and perhaps be inspired.

Some 20 students took part and, as many local primary schools are also fully committed to this scheme, Priory feels confident of more participants in the future. More events will take place in the months to come – for example a Bike It maintenance session – and there is already a Priory Mountain Bike Club which meets once a week.

Elsewhere, students from Priory School will compete for the £1,000 grand prize at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Final today (Friday).

Hundreds of schools from across the UK took part in the 2012-13 Faraday Challenge Days, but only three teams could go through to the final in London.

Priory impressed judges in April and will join St Aidan’s High School, Harrogate, and Beaumont School, St Albans, in the showdown. Holly Margerison, Education Manager at the IET, said: “Students were given the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. Now we look forward to the three finalists showing off their skills.”