STUDENTS at a Barnoldswick primary school are putting themselves through the paces by taking part in a 'mile a day' project.

The 'mile a day' project was recently introduced by Pendle Leisure Trust across the borough and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, on West Close Road, has been one of the schools to join in.

Headteacher Natalie Wood said the project started at St Joseph's in mid-September with 8.30am runs. The school will continue its each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays mornings.

"The turn out has been great, over 75 children every morning," said Mrs Wood, who added that the programme has been taken up by children in reception through to Year 6.

"Children are being reminded about the importance of healthy lifestyles and how exercise supports keeping a healthy mind and body," said Mrs Wood. "Evidence shows that children are then more alert in the classroom ready to learn.

"I have been very impressed with the response and look forward to seeing it continue with the current enthusiasm from our children."