Kempsey Primary School has become the first school in Worcestershire to achieve silver in the national accreditation scheme Modeshift STARS...
...(Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools)
Modeshift STARs is a national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel on the school journey. The STARs scheme is free for all schools in England.
Kempsey Primary who achieved bronze last year have worked really well as a community to reduce the number of cars travelling to the school through a range of initiatives including setting up 2 walking buses, using the Living Streets WOW scheme (walk once a week), scooter training and bikability training to name a few.
As a result the number of cars travelling to the school has reduced by 3.2% between June 2015 and June 2016 while walking increased by 3% and cycling increased by 0.5%. They have therefore been awarded a silver in the latest round of accreditation (summer 2016).
Mrs Baines, Head Teacher at Kempsey Primary said: "Working towards our Silver Badge has made us all so much more conscious of the need to care for our environment and to take active steps to do our bit to help. Our Walk to School Wednesdays have been the best part of the Silver Badge work.
"This initiative has given us a chance to get to know the children on a different level as we march across the fields to school! It is also interesting how much more invigorated and productive we all are on Wednesdays after our morning walk."
Cllr Anthony Blagg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment said: "This award is fantastic news. Environmental awareness is one of the most important things that children and young people are taught at school and environmentally friendly lifestyles and habits can last a lifetime. We hope this is just the beginning and Worcestershire will have many more schools achieving Modeshift STARS."
In addition, Astwood Bank First School, Millfields First School and Nunnery Wood Primary have all achieved Bronze in the latest round of accreditation (summer 2016).
This is available to all schools free of charge. To register or for more information visit www.modeshiftstars.org