Young mathematicians at Goodwood Racecourse

Junior wardens Archie Etherington and Owen Moore wear jockey silks as they take part in the special maths lesson at Goodwood
Junior wardens Archie Etherington and Owen Moore wear jockey silks as they take part in the special maths lesson at Goodwood

JUNIOR wardens were invited to a maths lesson with a difference at Goodwood Racecourse.

Pupils from Kingsham Primary School and Tangmere Academy visited the racecourse as part of the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust’s (BHEST) Racing to School initiative.

It aims to encourage pupils’ numeracy and literacy skills using the context of the horseracing industry.

The trip was organised by one of Chichester District Council’s community wardens, Sue Long.

Ollie McPhail, a retired National Hunt jockey who is now lead education officer for BHEST, outlined how maths matters in horseracing.

The pupils covered issues such as weights, distances and the handicapping system.

Ollie also set the pupils a range of activities to test their number-crunching skills and gave them a practical insight into the many career opportunities in the industry.

“The children were really excited to meet Ollie and hear about his experiences working in the horseracing industry, as well as watching two races and standing right at the finish line,” said Sue.

“We also chose the winning horse.”

Cllr Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services, said: “The children had a fantastic day and learned a lot about maths and the racing industry.”