Northumberland School wins award for promoting sustainable travel to school

Mickley First School in Stocksfield, Northumberland, were recently awarded Modeshift STARS School of the Region in the North East for their achievements in promoting healthy and sustainable travel to school. 

Mickley First School have worked hard over the last 3 years to promote healthy and sustainable journeys to school. The school curriculum helps the children to understand the benefit of walking, cycling and scooting not only to their personal health and wellbeing but also how it impacts positively on the environment along with teaching road safety awareness. Pupils at Mickley First School have also taken part in a variety of activities, including; Walk on Wednesday’s, cycling and scooter weeks and road safety events, and the pupils have the opportunity to borrow the school’s bikes and scooters at the weekends. 

Andy Hudson, Head Teacher at Mickley First School said: “We are delighted to have won the Modeshift STARS School of the Region award for our commitment to supporting our pupils to use healthier, alternative ways to travel to school. We work closely with both parents and pupils to encourage our students to be more active which not only benefits our pupils, but also our environment.”

Modeshift STARS is the national school travel award scheme designed to recognise schools who have shown excellence in promoting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme is open to schools across the country and is supported by the Department for Transport. Three schools from Northumberland were nominated to attend the regional awards and celebrate their success and share best practice, they were: Mickley First School, Shanklea Primary School and Beaconhill Primary School. Mickley First School were announced as the Modeshift STARS School of the Region for the North East and will now go forward to the National Awards to be held next March at the Houses of Parliament.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Mickley First School has created an environment encouraging their pupils to use alternative modes to get to and from school and become more active not only during the school day but also in their free time outside of school hours. 

“Encouraging our younger generations to be more active by making small changes, such as walking to school, is a great way to set healthy foundations that they will hopefully carry throughout their lives.” 

Councillor Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, and cabinet member for Children’s Services, added: “I am very proud that the work of Mickley First School has been recognised through this award. 

“Mickley First School have consistently worked to encourage a more healthy and active lifestyles for their pupils through their range of activities and also incorporated this with the school’s curriculum.” 
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