20th July, 2017

The education charity Racing to School is delighted to announce that the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association has decided to… More

11th July, 2017

Independent evaluation of Racing to School’s Riders’ Programme has revealed positive results for the charity and for racing.  More

10th July, 2017

The Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project will run for a minimum of three years, Racing to School supports the school… More

1st June, 2017

The charity is delighted to welcome two new Trustees to support our work.  More

31st May, 2017

A short video by Jessica Mclernon who is the 2016 winner of the Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Travel Scholarship. Jessica… More

12th May, 2017

An exciting day for Racing to School, our Chief Executive John Blake and Education Officer Carrie Ford were interviewed by… More


14th October, 2011

Pupils from Uffculme School in Devon were thrilled to meet two celebrity sporting heroes on their Racing to School day at Exeter Racecourse last week.

Year 8 pupils from Uffculme School were visiting Exeter Racecourse on a Racing to School day when they bumped into not one but two celebrity sporting heroes.  While the children were practising their numeracy skills and working out the area of the Parade Ring they met up with Champion Jockey and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Tony McCoy.  Within a few minutes they had spotted another sporting ace, ex-England goalie David James.  The pupils were thrilled to meet the two sportsmen who signed autographs, chatted and posed for a few memorable photographs. 

The children had spent the morning on a Racing to School Day with a special focus on Mathematics.  Pupils practised their numeracy skills by exploring the handicapping system, the effect of weight on performance, measuring the height and spread of the fences, and calculating how far horses can jump.  

Meeting the celebrity sportsmen was an extra bonus for the children, many of whom were experiencing the thrill of racing for the first time.  12 year old Emma said, “I really enjoyed today.  The activities were brilliant and fun and cool.”
Two of the pupils summed up the whole experience:  Owen aged 12 said, “Getting to meet the Champion Tony McCoy and David James was great. It was an excellent experience all round.”  13 year old Francis added, “It was great meeting Tony McCoy and David James plus today was the best ever!”  

Simon Avery, Key Stage 3 Coordinator at Uffculme School who attended the Racing to School day said, “The pupils had an excellent experience that they are still talking about.  The content of the day was a perfect mix of maths, PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking skills) and fun that maintained pupil interest throughout.”

BHEST - racing with the stars

Two pupils from Uffculme School pose for a shot with AP McCoy. You can see more photos from the day by clicking here!