Kings Copse Primary School, Fair Oak Junior School and Fryern Federation of Infant and Junior Schools are enrolled in the national Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition Scheme) which promotes travelling to school in a sustainable and active way.
Now the schools have received a Histrionics Theatre in Education show to celebrate their promotion of cycling, walking and scooting on the school run – resulting in fewer cars near the school gates.
Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “My congratulations go to the pupils who have made fantastic efforts to prove that there are environmentally friendly and healthier alternatives than travelling to school by car, and ones which are easy to adopt long term.
“Also it’s great to hear that the projects are encouraging schools to work together to find local and practical solutions, with the help of existing initiatives like Sustrans’ Bike It programme.
“The skills that the children have learned will be important as they grow up.”
The majority of Fair Oak Junior School pupils - 80% - are now walking to school, which has earned them Bronze accreditation. Their eco team participated in a science project designed to improve air quality around the school. The project involved measuring pollution levels and developed a campaign to help cut emissions on the school run. The school is partnering with Wyvern College and Fair Oak Infants to share Park and Stride facilities at Knowle Lane, Knowle Park Lane and The Lapstone Pub for those who have to drive.
Fryern Federation of Infant and Junior Schools have also championed active travel, using the Park and Stride at the nearby Waitrose, working with the Sustrans Bike It officer to encourage more cycling to school, and a team of children calling themselves the Pollution Police devising a campaign to reduce air pollution outside their school.
Kings Copse Primary School has received Bronze accreditation for encouraging walking, cycling and scooting from the Park and Stride at Norman Rodaway Recreation ground.
To receive a Modeshift STARS award, a school must successfully demonstrate that travelling sustainably is becoming the norm for pupils and their families – which should reflect in a drop in car usage.