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School receives award for encouraging sustainable travel

Great Whelnetham Church of England Primary School Junior Road Safety Officers and their award certificate

Pupils from Great Whelnetham Church of England Primary School have been recognised for their efforts in encouraging sustainable travel and road safety by becoming the next school in Suffolk to receive a Bronze Modeshift STARS accreditation.

The school, working with Suffolk County Council, has been actively promoting active travel by installing cycle and scooter parking, in addition to pupils undertaking cycle training. Not only this but the school have been encouraging pupils to get involved in activities to promote road safety in a rural setting, such as the Yellow Lorry Project and the Tractors to School initiative.

The Modeshift STARS Accreditation scheme encourages schools across England to implement their own travel plans to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. More information on Modeshift STARS can be found at www.modeshiftstars.org/.

This accreditation further supports the county council’s ‘Let’s make a change for the future’ campaign which is encouraging residents to consider more active and sustainable travel options now during the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid overcrowding the county’s transport network and longer term to experience the benefits of improved health and wellbeing, less congestion and cleaner air.

Executive Headteacher, Mrs Claire Flatman, said: “We are incredibly proud of our children and staff for achieving the Modeshift STARS Bronze accreditation.

“Securing a healthier and greener future for the next generation is vitally important and the children at Great Whelnetham really enjoyed being a part of this project.”

Councillor Richard Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Transport Strategy and Waste, said: Congratulations to all at Great Whelnetham Church of England Primary School. Their dedication to encouraging sustainable transport and showcasing the importance of road safety is certainly something that is worth celebrating and this award is thoroughly deserved – keep up the good work.

“The Modeshift STARS awards are an ideal way for schools, pupils and parents to join forces and reduce the impact of the school run by engaging in active travel which can also provide a number of other benefits.”