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The Diocese of
Westminster Academy Trust

Racing to School - Bringing Lessons to Life

Maths and careers collided for The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School Year 7s on a trip to Sandown racecourse on April 27th 2017.

Racing to School is racing’s education programme offered free to schoolchildren and students, delivered at racecourses, trainers’ yards and studs across Great Britain. Our practical, lively approach enriches a range of National Curriculum subjects, sparks interest in the sport of horse-racing and opens minds to the many different career opportunities within the industry. 

The context of racing offers many opportunities for exploring school subjects in a practical way.  From weights and measures and the handicapping system in the Weighing Room, to the geometry in the construction of fences, to the art and symmetry used in jockeys silks, to the science of jockey nutrition.  Few other settings could offer children and young people so many exciting ways of practising their school subjects and applying them to real life settings.

The programme offers unique behind the scenes access, making the learning experience a special one which the children want to engage in.  Most pupils have never been racing prior to their Racing to School day so the experience catches their attention, inspires them to want to understand more and increases the likelihood of them absorbing and retaining what they have learnt. For further information please look at

A presentation put together by those students that attended will be shared on the website next week