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Defining the Progress of a School Travel Plan

To help ascertain levels of current School Travel Plan (STP) activity in Hampshire and to assist in the determination of planning applications (where a STP is required), the County Council has devised assessment criteria for schools developing and implementing STPs .

Level Zero – interest shown

A school that has contacted the team regarding development of a School Travel Plan. Information has been sent to the school but no visit or presentation has been made.

Level One – Working towards a School Travel Plan (STP)

A school that has taken ownership of travel issues and is keen to implement measures to address and resolve them.

(Two out of three criteria below to be met to define a school as Level One)

  • School Travel Initiatives have been put in place, for example:
  • STP presentation to school by STP adviser or delegated other
  • Named contact within the school for STP (School "Champion")

Level Two – draft School Travel Plan (STP)

 A school that has prepared and submitted a draft STP (that includes specific targets and actions) in consultation with the wider community.
(Both of the criteria below to be met to define a school as Level Two)

  • Representative Working Group established with terms of reference
  • Draft STP produced and submitted to the School Travel Planning Team, including:

Level Three – Active School Travel Plan (STP)

A school that has had its STP adopted by the school community and approved by the STP Team. The school will be expected to submit annual progress reports with supporting evidence of achievements and take part in the annual school census. Schools requiring a STP as part of a Planning Application will need to achieve Level Three for their Planning Application to be approved.

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Both of the criteria below to be met to define school as Level Three)

  • STP adopted by the Full Governing Body and included within the School Development / Improvement Plan
  • Annual review of STP and targets and evidence of progress achieved

Level Four – School Travel Planning Award

Following the annual review process a school that has shown progress towards meeting one or more of their targets will be eligible for the “School Travel Planning Award”. Schools will also be entitled to use the “Excellence in School Travel Planning” accreditation mark on their headed paper. Schools must continue to monitor their travel plan on an annual basis to be eligible to use the mark each year