Sawbridgeworth and Hertford schools scoop national travel award

Published: 12 Mar 2019

Congratulations to Mandeville School in Sawbridgeworth which was named “Best Primary School” at the Modeshift STARS National Travel awards last week.


Also celebrating were staff and pupils at Richard Hale School in Hertford which scooped runners-up spot in the “Best Secondary School” category at the ceremony held in Westminster.  The awards were presented by Transport Minister, Jesse Norman MP.


The awards recognise the great work that both schools have done to encourage sustainable travel by the whole school community, and follow on from their recent victories in the East of England Awards. 


At Mandeville they have been working with other primary schools in the area as part of the Sawbo Travel Challenge Group.  They have focused on getting the whole town to change behaviour, including running a school travel challenge, educating people about travelling sustainably and carrying out surveys to reduce car travel.  The project has been supported by Hertfordshire County Council’s Active and Safer Travel Team, and Sawbridgeworth Town Council.


At Richard Hale they focused on travelling to school by public transport and improving walking routes. They completely renovated a nearby poorly lit, graffiti-covered subway into a pleasurable walkway with beautiful artwork celebrating the school’s 400th anniversary, and created a piece of artwork for Hertford East Train station to brighten up the platform and promote Hertford as a place to visit.


Hertfordshire County Council’s Active and Safer Travel Team works with schools across all age groups to encourage active travel and develop road safety skills. Email: for details.


Modeshift STARS is a national schools awards scheme established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.