The Houses of Parliament sees STARS
The 2017 National* STARS School Travel Awards took place at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 6th April. Ladycross Infant School from Derbyshire and The Grammar School at Leeds received The National* STARS School of the Year titles which was announced by Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary-under-Secretary of State for Transport. Modeshift STARS is the national* schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable school travel.
Andrew Jones MP says “It is inspiring to learn about the creative and innovative ways schools are promoting sustainable travel. The STARS scheme ensures that young people and their families are more active and helps to reduce congestion on our roads, particularly at peak times. “This government is absolutely committed to improving how people travel and ensuring that people’s journeys are cheaper, safer and better for the environment.”
Ladycross Infant school won National STARS Primary School of the year for their commitment to best practice in sustainable school travel. Working closely with Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart Programme the school have shown an 11% decrease in car use in 3 years, with only 16% of journeys to school being made by car. Mr Hancock, Class teacher says “To be presented with this award is a real honour, this highlights the commitment from all of the pupils, staff, local authority and wider community. Taking part in Modeshift STARS has really helped our school embed a culture of sustainable travel within our curriculum and this award just shows that.”
The Grammar School at Leeds won the National STARS Secondary School of the year Secondary reducing car use by 9%, they have done this by using an innovative approach in creating GSAL Transport Limited providing an in-house bus service for students to use for school travel within a 30mile radius.
The competition was hard fought between the current STARS Schools of the Region, these were:
North East - St Augustine’s RC VA Primary, Darlington
Yorkshire & The Humber – Boothferry Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire
Midlands – Ladycross Infant School, Derbyshire
South West – Abbey Meads Primary School, Swindon
East of England – The Meads Primary School, Luton
South East – Wendover CE Junior School, Buckinghamshire
Yorkshire & The Humber – The Grammar School at Leeds, Leeds
*National = England (excluding London). In future years, the London region will be eligible for the award