Leeds schools are sustainable travel STARS

Picture caption: (l-r) Deputy Head at Cobden Primary Miss Caine, Riley Newton-Meeds, Cllr Judith Blake and Briony Senoir.

Schools in Leeds have received national recognition for promoting safe and sustainable travel to school.

Leeds City Council has been working with schools across the city to help them achieve a Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) award, and have so far helped 14 schools achieve the accreditation.

Cobden Primary School is the latest school in the city to receive their award, when it was presented to pupils by the Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, earlier this week.

The pupils received their STARS award, during a special ceremony during which the school was treated to a special performance of `The gift of life’ pantomime and a giant pass the parcel game. The pantomime which was written and is performed by the council’s influencing travel behaviour team, uses fun, festive characters to deliver serious road safety messages about the importance of staying safe on or near the city’s roads.

Modeshift STARS is the only national accreditation scheme for monitoring, rewarding and promoting sustainable school travel. It 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 transport.

In order to achieve the award schools must promote and encourage walking, cycling and bus travel to school.

The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active transport and in so doing, improve the health and well-being of children and young people.

Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader and executive member for children and families said:

“It was wonderful to present the Modeshift STARS award to the pupils at Cobden Primary. I was really impressed by the knowledge of the pupils and their obvious enthusiasm for making a contribution to reducing the number of car journeys across the city. Encouraging parents to leave the car at home will not only help protect the environment but also help their children to be more active and healthier.”

Councillor Richard Lewis executive board member for development and the economy said:

“At a time when travelling to school by car is increasing nationally, Leeds schools are doing a great job helping to reduce congestion and encouraging children and families to lead healthier more active lifestyles, while making sure they stay safe on our roads”


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