Two primary schools in Leicestershire have been honoured for their commitment to sustainable travel.
Elizabeth Woodville, in Groby, has been named county as well as Midlands and North West primary school of the year at the Modeshift STARS school travel awards. Millfield LEAD Academy in Braunstone was also nominated in the Leicestershire category.
Modeshift STARS, which is supported by the Department for Transport, is a national awards scheme established to recognise schools which have demonstrated excellence in supporting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel for the journey to and from school.
We're so proud of the hard work which both schools have put in to create environments where pupils are encouraged to make healthy and sustainable choices.Person:Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport
Elizabeth Woodville School, which now goes through to the national final, has built safe and active travel into their pupils daily routines, increasing the opportunities they have to choose active travel for their journey to school.
Active travel events such as a breakfast for those who walked to school and a walking bus from the local park have encouraged pupils to change the way they travelled to school.
Elizabeth Woodville head teacher Andrew Pridmore said: “Prioritising active travel has been an immensely rewarding experience that has enriched our wider curriculum.”
Both Elizabeth Woodville and Millfield work closely with our safe and sustainable travel team based to make their schools a healthier, more active, and sustainable place.
Measures have included the implementation of a no waiting zone, new pick up and drop off times, and a nearby ‘park and stride’ site which have helped relieve traffic congestion, increased active travel and improve safety on roads.
Millfield head Pete Wood said: “The positive changes that have been made have created a safer environment for both parents and pupils."