Reaching for the STARS at Sauncey Wood Primary School

Published: 14 Oct 2019

Hertfordshire County Council’s Leader, Cllr David Williams, helped celebrate with Sauncey Wood School in Harpenden’s after it won a national active travel award.

Cllr Williams presented a bronze accreditation plaque and certificate from Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) in recognition of pupils swapping cars for walking, scooting and cycling to school.

This national schools awards scheme awards schools that demonstrate excellence in supporting sustainable modes of travel, creating healthier pupils and a healthier environment too.

The pupils have put the fun back into travelling to school, with activities such as ‘Wheelie Wednesday’, ‘Follow Me Thursday’ and ‘Fitness Friday’. These themed days were all part of the school’s ‘walk to school week’ that took place earlier this year.

These events proved so popular that ‘Wheelie Wednesday’ now takes place every month with pupils bringing their bikes, scooters and skates into school and practising at break-times on the school’s Daily Mile Track.

Leader of Hertfordshire County Council Cllr David Williams said: “Congratulation to Sauncey Wood Primary School for achieving their bronze award and beginning their Modeshift STARS awards journey.

“Being active every day and reducing the number of car journeys is a big part of the school ethos, which is great news for pupils’ health and wellbeing, the local community and the environment.”

Pupils have received road safety training from the Active and Safer Travel team at Hertfordshire County Council, who support schools to increase active travel.