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New state-of-the-art fitness suite launches at school in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:16 05 October 2019

The fitness suite cost £20,000 and has a variety of equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

The fitness suite cost £20,000 and has a variety of equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

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Pupils at a Suffolk high school are embracing a new fitness lifestyle after a new exercise suite was installed.

The new fitness suite at Stoke High School in Ipswich. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEThe new fitness suite at Stoke High School in Ipswich. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

Stoke high School in Ipswich used the summer holiday to install a range of new gym equipment and now a brand new outdoors fitness circuit so that their pupils and staff have the option of working out during down times at lunch and at the end of the day.

The equipment included whole weight sets, punch bags and table tennis tables allowing staff members to start a range of new after school clubs.

Clair Lockett, head of performing arts at the school, said: "The wellbeing of our staff and students is really important to us at Stoke High School so they are all encouraged to use the equipment as well. Staff and students are training alongside one another.

"A key strength within our school is the relationships we build and foster with our students and this only serves to strengthen those.

Pupils and staff are able to use the suite. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEPupils and staff are able to use the suite. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

"The fitness suite is being used within the PE curriculum for all year groups, students are eager to use it and are working incredibly hard.

"The atmosphere is one of engagement, enjoyment and excitement. This leads to better focus within our lessons.

"One student recently stopped the headteacher, Andrew Robinson, and told him she was so happy in school and incredibly proud to be a student at Stoke High School."

The fitness suite cost £20,000 and has a variety of equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEThe fitness suite cost £20,000 and has a variety of equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

Pupils from Stoke High trying out the new equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEPupils from Stoke High trying out the new equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

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Associate Assistant Principal Claire Lockett next to the new outdoor gym. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEAssociate Assistant Principal Claire Lockett next to the new outdoor gym. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

Pupils from Stoke High trying out the new equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEPupils from Stoke High trying out the new equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

Pupils from Stoke High trying out the new equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEPupils from Stoke High trying out the new equipment. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

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