Double win for schools in Hertfordshire

Published: 18 Dec 2018


Two schools in Hertfordshire have been named winners of the Modeshift STARS Regional East of England Travel Awards.

Both Mandeville Primary School in Sawbridgeworth and Richard Hale School in Hertford have been crowed winners of the best primary and secondary school categories for their work in promoting active travel.

Mandeville Primary School has been working with Hertfordshire County Council as well as Sawbridgeworth Town Council to run the Sawbo Active Travel Challenge. Mandeville Primary School took part in the challenge which saw pupils from five schools walk, cycle, ride scooters or park more than five minutes from school and walk the rest.

The school also won an Excellence in Hertfordshire Public Health Award in June 2018 for their work in promoting active travel to school. Mandeville is one of only six schools in Hertfordshire to have achieved a Gold Accreditation for their travel plan.

Richard Hale started working with Hertfordshire County Council in 2017 to look at how to encourage active travel and reduce car usage for journeys to and from school.

Pupils have improved walking routes to school including designing, creating and then installing designs on walls of a subway that leads to the school, they have also been encouraging the use of public transport. A second artwork project at Hertford East railway station saw pupils create a mural that celebrated the heritage of the town. 

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, said: “It’s really nice to see young people in Hertfordshire leading the way for sustainable school travel and setting a good example for the rest of the county.

“The awards recognise the hard work put in by schools and pupils to encourage everyone to think about travelling in a more environmentally friendly way.”

The schools are now two of only twelve educational establishments across the country invited to the National Modeshift STARS School Travel Awards being held in London at Portcullis House on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

The Active and Safer Travel Team work with schools across all age groups to encourage active travel and develop road safety skills. Con­tact them at activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk