Following a recent request from School Council, and then a generous grant from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of £600, Derby Grammar School’s gym has undergone a refurbishment which has included the installation of mirrored walls, a new exercise bike and exercise mats, and new heating.

The Summerhouse is where the gym is located, in the beautiful grounds of Rykneld Hall. It is used by Sixth Formers and members of the school hockey, rugby and cricket teams for general strength and conditioning activities.

Sam Cochrane is the Deputy Head Prefect and leads the School Council meetings. He initially proposed the plan at a PTA meeting. He said: “The project came about because of general requests from the pupils which were then discussed in Council, and also requests from our Sixth Form girls who enjoy using the summerhouse as exercise space.”

“The refurbishment has made a big difference as it’s enhanced the space and made the environment for exercise much more pleasant.”

Caroline Euston, Chair of the PTA said: “This is exactly the type of project we are here to fund, requests that have come directly from the pupils which will enhance their time at school. We’re so pleased that we can make a difference and that the pupils are deriving an immediate benefit.

It’s all down to the support of our parents that we can continue to fund projects like this. Our next big fundraising event is the Spring Market on Saturday 16 March. It’s always a fantastic event which runs alongside the school’s Open Day. It’s open to everyone, not just Grammar School parents.”