Award recognises excellence in sustainable travel
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Allendale has been named the best primary school in Northumberland for the work it has done to encourage pupils to travel to school sustainably.
Presented at the recent Modeshift STARS Regional Awards for the East of England the accolade recognised a number of initiatives at the school.
Allendale has worked with Northumberland County Council and the North Pennines AONB to improve road safety outside the school and created a new path so that pupils can access the school from the other side of the village. They have also taken part in initiatives such as Bikeability, Walk on Wednesdays and Walk to School Week.
Schools are nominated by their local authorities for demonstrating best practice in the promotion of sustainable school travel, with all nominated schools invited to attend the Regional Awards where the Schools of the Local Authority and the Schools of the Region are announced.
Cllr Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “What has happened at Allendale is a superb example of parents, the school, and the local community working together. It demonstrates how effectively a rural school can successfully promote sustainable travel by embracing STARS as Allendale has. The benefits of giving pupils these really important life skills has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of cars now at the school gate each day.”
Allendale Primary Headteacher Alison Hawkins said ‘We are really proud to have won the Northumberland Modeshift Stars Primary School of the Year. We are a very active school and this award recognises all the work we do to promote the health and wellbeing of all the children and staff in our school."
Tweedmouth Middle School in Berwick won the award for the best secondary school in Northumberland and was also named as School of the Region - taking them forward to represent the North East, Yorkshire and Humber in London next year.
Modeshift STARS, which is supported by the Department for Transport, is the national school travel awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel for the journey to and from school. 69 local authorities across the country participate in the scheme representing around 15,000 schools.
Nick Butler, Modeshift STARS Awards Manager said “Every year it is great to have the opportunity to recognise schools for their hard work and commitment to the promotion of walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable school travel. Over 3000 schools nationally have signed up to Modeshift STARS so each of our STARS Schools of the Region have proven to be at the forefront of our collective effort to encourage more young people and their families to adopt healthy and sustainable forms of travel. Together, they are helping us to make a real difference on how people are undertaking the journey to school.’
Modeshift STARS is supported by the Department for Transport and is free for schools to use. It is an online platform that can create a school travel plan, log sustainable travel activities and schools can work towards Modeshift STARS National Accreditation. For more information visit www.modeshiftstars.org