By “being creative” with her budget, state primary school headteacher Jackie Chalk has managed to fund standing desks for her year 5/6 pupils, boosting their health and improving their academic performance.
The expert design, low prices, evidenced benefits and customer service of Sit-Stand.Com are among the reasons why Seend CofE Primary School in Wiltshire has just placed a second order for our LearnFit 2® sit-stand desk, designed with students in mind.
Doubling the bank of desks purchased from us previously is a sure vote of confidence in the benefits of bringing the principles of active working to the schoolroom.
The LearnFit 2® desk boasts simple PrecisionHeight™ Technology, making it simple for the children themselves to operate, and sits on easy-roll casters meaning learning groups can be quickly re-configured or the room cleared for floor work. A bottle holder and pencil tray make the LearnFit 2® perfect for the classroom.
Headteacher Jackie confirmed that the desks had been a big hit from day one with both teachers and students. Comments from children using the sit-stand desks include:
- It helps keep me more alert
- I can concentrate and it strengthens my back
- It feels more comfortable
- It helps me stop fidgeting
- I am more active
- I have my own space
- It doesn’t wobble when someone else is rubbing out
- I feel more confident
- I can learn better because I am in my own space and more awake
From September, all pupils in the school’s top class will be using LearnFit 2® sit-stand desks.
Jackie explains: “Our purpose is to reduce sedentary behaviour and encourage activity throughout the day for our older children who would otherwise spend a lot of the day sitting at their desks.
“I had sports funding waiting to be spent and didn’t feel I needed to supplement our provision of sports opportunities and equipment, so decided to use some of the budget to make what we hope will be a long-term impact on the health and habits of our children.”
She has also bought some fitness trackers for the children to wear, so Seend Primary can compare the daily step count of those using the Sit-Stand.Com LearnFit 2® desks with others who are using traditional school desks and chairs.
We will be fascinated to see what those results show.
For children and classroom use, we recommend LearnFit 1® and LearnFit 2® sit-stand desks or the Freedesk desk riser.