Karate first for students at Ellen Tinkham School
Posted on: 4 May 2016
Thirty students from Ellen Tinkham Special School have just achieved a karate first.
The students – including five wheelchair users – have just passed their first qualification in martial arts using an adapted syllabus.
The Exeter special school was this year rated as outstanding for the third time in a row by Ofsted.
It has 140 pupils ranging from three to 19 with a range of severe learning difficulties. The children come from all over Exeter, East, Mid and West Devon.
The students were awarded their first belt, white with a yellow stripe, by Peter Edwards, their Fourth Dan.
Peter said: “I am very pleased with the dedication and commitment shown by the students.
“Karate has benefitted them in terms of their concentration and improving body control.
“The next step will be to work towards the pupils gaining their white belt with red stripes and ultimately to achieve the white belt with black stripes. I am so proud of their achievements.
James, one of the newly qualified students, said: “It is one of my favourite things to do at school. I have to bow at the start and end of the lesson and I really liked getting my belt.”
Devon County Sports Partnership and Sport England provided the funding via Sportivate which enabled Peter Edwards to run the sessions at Ellen Tinkham School through the Disability Karate Federation.
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