We are delighted that 95% of pupils at St Bede walk to school regularly, a significant increase from 56% in 2003. The school has worked with HCC’s School Travel Planning and Road Safety teams implementing a number of active travel initiatives to reduce traffic at the school gates such as Park and Stride, scooter and pedestrian training and making a Hampshire County Council (HCC) mosaic and video to highlight the reduction in school run journeys achieved in the county over the past 12 years. We have also worked more recently with local estate agent Winkworth, highlighting the importance of drivers slowing down in the vicinity of the school and with Specsavers who have provided the school with high visibility jackets worn by staff and pupils when walking locally. As well as becoming the first school in Hampshire to be awarded the gold Modeshift award, we have has also been awarded the Modeshift STARS Award for Effective Partnerships and the South East Regional STARS School of the Year 2014/2015- what an achievement! Thanks must go to all those parents, businesses, pupils and staff, past and present, whose tireless efforts to promote this message and to engage with the associated initiatives have led to these fantastic awards.
We are delighted to have been rewarded for our work encouraging St Bede pupils to keep safe, be active, promote healthy lifestyles and become more environmentally aware. The projects have helped build stronger links with our parents and the local business communities whilst engaging pupils in purposeful and creative learning opportunities.