Rickmansworth primary crowned 'School of the Region' for its dedication to sustainable travel

Published: 02 Dec 2019

Shepherd Primary School has been awarded Modeshift STARS School of the Region in the South-East, thanks to eco-conscious pupils embracing walking to school and other sustainable modes of transport.

The green-focused school achieved gold accreditation for their school travel plan after working together with Hertfordshire County Council’s Active and Safer Travel Team.

They were delighted to welcome back Hertfordshire County Council’s eco-friendly travel mascot, ‘Buster the Stepasaurus’, for a celebration assembly to mark their achievement.

The county council’s Assistant Director for Transport, Waste and Environmental Management, Simon Aries said: “The way in which the students have embraced active travel at Shepherd School is excellent and they thoroughly deserve this award.

“Walking and cycling is a great way to exercise while cutting down on the congestion and pollution around the school gate, creating both a healthier atmosphere and healthier pupils.”

Modeshift STARS is the 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.

The Active and Safer Travel Team work closely with Shepherd Primary School and other Hertfordshire schools throughout the school year on a range of road safety and active travel initiatives and can be contacted at activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk

The school will now be put forward for the Modeshift STARS National Primary School of the Year awards. Last year, Mandeville Primary School based in Sawbridgeworth won the Primary School category, with Richard Hale School of Hertford appointed as runners-up in the secondary school category.