Pupils and staff at Bath and North East Somerset schools have been recognised for supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
Weston All Saints Primary School recently achieved accreditation for their School Travel Plan (STP) that aims to reduce car use and encourage more active, safer and sustainable ways to travel.
Bath & North East Somerset Council uses Modeshift STARS to help schools to create their travel plans, with schools achieving an accreditation for each level they reach starting with an Approved (Green) plan and progressing to good, very good, excellent and outstanding.
Weston All Saints Primary School achieved the first level, Approved (Green), with a plan that includes implementing a 5 to 10 minute walking zone and taking part in Brake’s Road Safety Week. The Year 6 pupils took part in Bikeability Level 2 cycle training in preparation for transition to secondary school, while other pupils have completed pedestrian skills training and scooter training.
Chew Stoke Church School has achieved Outstanding (Platinum) Accreditation for the last two years for its School Travel Plan initiatives and was the STARS Local Authority and South West Primary School of the Region 2021/22 and 2022/23.
Pupils recently won the STARS Regional Primary School of the Year 2023/24 and in March next year they will travel to London to represent the South West at the National STARS School Travel Awards. This will be the third time Chew Stoke has been to London for the Awards and they are already busy preparing a presentation to deliver to all the finalists, charities and organisations who work alongside Modeshift STARS. They will also write a case study which will share the details of their School Travel Plan to date.
Bath & North East Somerset Council provides support to schools to create a School Travel Plan and achieve their Modeshift STARS award. For more information, please email the council’s school travel plan officer, [email protected]
Schools can find out more about School Travel Plans and the Modeshift STARS scheme on the council’s website.