Get a flying start in life
TEXT: SIGNE HANSEN | PHOTOS © TJELE EFTERSKOLE
With continuously expanding skate, scooter and BMX facilities, Tjele Efterskole has become the place to be for wheel-obsessed eighth, ninth and tenth graders. The Central Jutland school offers a range of co-curricular subjects, such as animation and table tennis as well as a vocational programme.
Founded in 1985, Tjele Efterskole’s main aim is to enable students to “be outstanding”. It does so through an action-packed schedule and a strong focus on health and exercise. “All our students, even those on non-sports programmes, learn about diet and exercise during their time with us,” says principal Kim Hansen. “But over the past few decades, we have become best-known for our wheel-based subjects, like BMX and scooter.” The school first established its BMX race programme 15 years ago and has continuously been expanding its facilities since.
However, Tjele Efterskole is about more than skateboards and bikes. The school also has a number of creative subjects, such as performance and author. For youngsters looking to pursue a vocational education, the school offers a unique craftsmanship class combining academic subjects with vocational skills and apprenticeships with local tradesmen. The big range of subjects makes for great variation in terms of ambition and background amongst the school’s 100 pupils. “It’s a very diverse group, and one thing we prioritise is that they learn from each other and their differences. Tolerance is a keyword at Tjele Efterskole,” stresses Hansen.
Main subjects offered at Tjele Efterskole:
Art and design; artisan; animation; scooter; BMX race; BMX freestyle; author; table tennis; skateboarding; performance; e-sport.
The school is located in Tjele, about 25 minutes from Randers.
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