ELSS now runs a successful weekly kickboxing group, in partnership with Paragon Gym in Shoreditch. The project was started by Mr O’Donnell, Head of our Inclusion Unit. “We work pupils hard in the Unit, and we really drill down on their core subjects of English and Maths” explains Mr O’Donnell. “The kickboxing sessions and the no nonsense atmosphere of the gym have really helped to build their social skills, self-confidence and discipline. The trainers are brilliant with them (a former World Champion kickboxer and British Champion Boxer) and have taken the kids under their wing, with some of them now taking regular classes outside of school time.”