Schools with smart travel sense get star treatment

As Road Safety Week approaches (21-27 Nov), 18 schools in Ealing have been accredited by Transport for London (TfL) for their school travel plans.

Schools pick up travel plan accreditiation

The schools picked up STAR (sustainable travel accredited and recognised) accreditation at an event in East London. The scheme is designed to ensure a long-term commitment to sustainable travel planning in schools. It also provides incentives and rewards for schools that embrace travel planning and are promoting and achieving a shift away from car journeys to and from school.

Four schools in the borough were given silver accreditation and 14 bronze.  Examples of what the schools did to gain the recognition include: holding road safety training, making pupils junior road safety officers, taking part in bike week and providing cycle training and cycle shelters, using public transport for school trips, taking part in walk to school week, awarding top walking class each month and holding a car free week.

To mark Road Safety Week a theatre group is also visiting 10 schools in the borough to perform a play. This year the play links with TfL’s current safety campaign, “Don’t let your friendship die on the road.”

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Encouraging children and their parents to travel to school by walking or cycling improves health and takes unnecessary car journeys off our roads.  Well done to all of the schools who have received an award and a special well done to all of the children who have persuaded their parents to walk or cycle instead of getting in the car.”

The schools accredited are:

Higher Standards (silver):
West London Academy
North Ealing Primary School
Wood End Junior School
Christ the Saviour Church of England Primary School

Sustainble Level (bronze):
Berrymede Infant School
Dormers Wells Junior School
Featherstone Primary School
Hambrough Primary School
Mandeville School
North Primary School
Our Lady of The Visitation Roman Catholic Primary School
Petts Hill Primary School
Saint John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School
Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Primary School
The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls
West Acton Primary School
Wolf Fields Primary School
Wood End Infant School
Further information on school travel is available on the transport pages.

STAR accreditation is a TFL initiative.