On Tuesday, schools from across the South East, South West and East of England were recognised by Modeshift for their efforts to increase the numbers of pupils walking and cycling to school.
Notable amongst those schools were Godmanchester Primary School of Cambridgeshire, St Bede Church of England Primary School of Hampshire and Haydonleigh Primary School of Swindon, who were all recognised as the School of the Region for their respective Regions.
Godmanchester Primary School has worked hard to promote cycling to school which has resulted in an 50 percent increase in numbers cycling from 20 percent to 31 percent. Over 25 percent of pupils at Haydonleigh Primary School now cycle or scoot to school. Meanwhile, St Bede Church of England Primary is the first school to achieve the Gold level of Modeshift STARS in Hampshire and has recently added sustainable travel to part of their School Improvement Plan meaning that they are committed to sustainable travel for the long term.
The full list of schools rewarded for their efforts is:
• Godmanchester Primary School, Cambridgeshire, East of England School of the Region and STARS Award for Promoting Cycling
• Haydonleigh Primary School, Swindon, South West School of the Region and STARS Award for Pupil Involvement
• St Bede Church of England Primary School, Hampshire, South East School of the Region and STARS Award for Effective Partnerships
• St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Hampshire, STARS Award for Reducing Car Use
• Stoke Mandeville Combined School, Buckinghamshire, STARS Award for Promoting Road Safety
• The Downley School, Buckinghamshire, STARS Award for Promoting Walking
Ross Butcher, Chair of Modeshift, the scheme coordinator, said: “Modeshift STARS presents a huge opportunity for us to collectively increase the number of children and young people that get more active on the journey to school. In a time of tight budgets and the government’s spending review just weeks away, it is vital that we recognise the efforts of our schools in making our communities happier, healthier places to live. The schools that have won awards this week are able to boast some fantastic achievements and have set an excellent example for others to follow.”
In 2015, 347 schools nationally have achieved Modeshift STARS accreditation in recognition of their efforts to encourage their pupils to travel to school in greener, healthier and safer ways. The STARS scheme recognises schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
Two further awards events will take place later this month, for the Midlands/North West Region in Stoke on the 15th October and for the North East/Yorkshire & The Humber Region in Leeds on the 22nd October.
Schools are able to achieve three levels of Modeshift STARS accreditation – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and are rewarded with the Modeshift STARS plaque and certificate to display in their school, use of the nationally recognised Modeshift STARS logo and the opportunity to be put forward for the Regional and National School of the Year Awards.