Cambridgeshire schools kick start road safety week by celebrating a record day of success at a regional awards ceremony which recognised their outstanding achievements in sustainable travel to and from school.
Fourfields Community Primary School in Yaxley, St Bede’s Inter-Church School in Cambridge, Spring Common Academy, Huntingdon, and Hatton Park Primary School in Longstanton along with Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup all picked up Modeshift STARS Regional Awards at the event held in London last week (November 13).
The awards won by these schools was a record number for one authority, with the county’s schools beating off competition with 80 other schools in the East of England to win these coveted awards.
The regional awards ceremony recognised the schools for their work in enabling and promoting sustainable travel to school and reducing car use on the school run.
Modeshift STARS is a national awards and travel planning scheme for schools that recognises schools that support cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
The schools have been working with Cambridgeshire County Council’s road safety team on their school travel plans using the Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition) national school travel planning programme.
Cllr Mathew Shuter, Cambridgeshire County Council’s chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, said: “This is a fabulous achievement and an acknowledgement of the work that we do in safer, sustainable travel in Cambridgeshire. We think it’s so important for children to learn from a young age to be healthy, to walk or cycle when they can. Modeshift STARS presents a huge opportunity for us to increase the number of children and young people walking, cycling and scooting to schools across the county.
“These award winning schools have begun a journey that will benefit not only their pupils but also the county by helping reduce vehicle numbers and emissions at peak times, making our area healthier and safer.”
There are 98 schools, colleges and nurseries in Cambridgeshire taking part in the county’s Modeshift STARS scheme. 53 have achieved Bronze Level, one gained Silver and three have Gold levels awards.
The schools to win awards are:
- Fourfields Community Primary School in Yaxley. Awarded Primary School of the Year for Safer Sustainable Travel Cambridgeshire
- St Bede’s Inter-Church School in Cambridge. Awarded Cambridgeshire Secondary School of the Year for Safer Sustainable Travel
- Spring Common Academy Cambridgeshire. Awarded SEND School for Safer Sustainable Travel Cambridgeshire and SEND school winner of the Eastern Region. This school will go on to the national awards early in 2019
- Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup in Waterbeach. Awarded Early Years Setting for Safer Sustainable Travel, Cambridgeshire
- Hatton Park Primary School in Longstanton. Awarded Highly Commended for Safer Sustainable Travel, Cambridgeshire