National accreditation for two Norfolk schools’ sustainable travel plans

29 November 2017

Two schools have been acknowledged for being the first in Norfolk to complete nationally accredited school travel plans to promote sustainable travel.

Wymondham High Academy and Little Plumstead Primary School were presented with Modeshift STARS plaques and certificates by Councillor Martin Wilby on Tuesday.

To complete the plan, both schools had to provide evidence to show they are reducing the number of cars travelling to and from their school and promoting active and sustainable travel for staff and pupils.

Mrs Sonia Innes, Head Teacher at Little Plumstead Primary, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be one of the first two schools in Norfolk to win this national award and we will continue to help and inform our children, parents and staff to develop and promote sustainable travel to school still further.”

School Principal at Wymondham High Academy Mr Jonathan Rockey, said: “The school has worked hard to achieve this award and we look forward to working with Norfolk County Council to help and encourage our staff and students to consider a more sustainable way to get to and from the school each day.”

Councillor Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “I am very pleased to be able to present the first two schools in Norfolk with these National Accreditation awards.  Council Officers and the schools have worked closely to deliver and promote sustainable travel to and from schools and reduce the impact that the school run has on our roads.  We are undertaking more school travel plans as part of our continuing work to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.”

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 scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.

Every school in England (outside of London) can participate in Modeshift STARS for free. On completion of an application for the scheme, schools will automatically have a brand new national standard School Travel Plan. You can visit the Modeshift STARS website at www.modeshiftstars.org

For political comment

Cllr Martin Wilby (Conservative) Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, on 07920 286618 or 01379 741504
Cllr Terry Jermy (Labour) on 01842 630851
Cllr Tim East (Liberal Democrat), on 01603 743241

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