Travel award puts school on the road to sustainable travel

Tuesday 23 December 2014

WEB Sejal and Oli with estates team and Jo Hall

The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has earned recognition from a national schools accreditation scheme for transport improvements to and between its two sites in Leeds.

The Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) programme is run in Leeds by the city council’s Influencing Travel Behaviour team, and recognises schools for projects that encourage sustainable travel. GSAL has earned the bronze level award, which is for schools that demonstrate a commitment to promoting sustainable travel by conducting an annual travel survey, addressing issues identified and delivering transport initiatives that benefit pupils’ safety and wellbeing.

Central to GSAL’s travel plan is the safe transfer of its youngest pupils using a shuttle bus between the main site at Alwoodley Gates and the Nursery and Pre-prep at Rose Court in Headingley, so Rose Court was chosen as the venue for the presentation of the award.

During a special road safety assembly for pupils in reception and years 1 and 2, members of the Influencing Travel Behaviour team presented the certificate and plaque to two five-year-old pupils, before performing a special pantomime The Gift of Life, which delivered important road safety messages in a fun, interactive and seasonal way.

Mark Sadler, road safety officer from Leeds City Council’s Influencing Travel Behaviour team, said: “Modeshift STARS will have a major impact on travel choices for children and on their health. The aim is to reduce car use around schools, which will improve safety and congestion and help children to develop important personal skills and independence by walking or cycling to school.”

Paul Womersley, director of estates at GSAL, said: “We’re proud to receive this award in acknowledgement of the measures we have introduced under our travel plan. The next challenge is to aim for silver and we are committed to working towards this goal.”

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