Sustainable travel award for Grange View First School

12 Jul 2017

Grange View First School in Widdrington has been successful in achieving national accreditation for its fantastic efforts to encourage more pupils to travel sustainably to school.

The school has achieved a bronze award as part of Modeshift STARS, a national schools awards scheme, which recognises schools who show excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

To achieve its bronze award the school completed 15 initiatives that encourage sustainable travel, including taking part in Walk to School Week and Bike Week, incorporating road safety and sustainable travel into the school curriculum and running a ‘Smarter Parker’ campaign.

The school council, made up of pupils from each year group, was instrumental in leading the activities and promoting the scheme to the rest of the school.

Lyndsey Conroy, teacher and school council leader at Grange View First School, said “I am very pleased with the school council’s effort this year in achieving this award.  They worked well together to plan lots of fun activities for the whole school to take part in.  Lots of children in the school now make the effort to walk to school or come on their bikes or scooters.  We will continue this next year and work towards the silver award.”

Cllr Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said:  “Children, parents and teachers at Grange View should feel very proud to have achieved a national award so important as this.

“In Northumberland we encourage schools to promote sustainable travel to their parents and pupils in order to improve the health and wellbeing of young people, as well as to also reduce the amount of traffic around our schools.

“Northumberland schools have embraced the Modeshift STARS scheme enthusiastically as a way to recognise the fantastic work they are already doing promoting walking, cycling and scooting to school by taking part in events such as Walk to School Week, Bikeability, pedestrian training, setting up park and strides and much more.”

Grange View’s award takes the number of Northumberland schools who have achieved accreditation to 12, including two gold awards last term for Shanklea Primary School and Mickley First School, the highest award possible in the scheme.