Grange Primary Academy has become the first school in Northamptonshire to achieve a national accreditation for helping more children regularly walk, cycle and scoot.
The Department of Transport recently awarded the Kettering school its prestigious Modeshift STARS bronze award, as a result of their ongoing work with local social enterprise, Brightkidz.
Teachers and pupils at the school were congratulated during a special assembly by the Mayor of Kettering, Councillor Keli Watts, for being the first school county-wide to get on board with the Brightkidz ST:EPS (Safe Travel: Enabling Pupils and Schools) project, and for leading the way in the county to promote sustainable travel and road safety to pupils and families. Councillor Watts said:
“Hearing how Grange Primary has worked with Brightkidz over the last year is very encouraging and their recent achievement of this national accreditation demonstrates a clear level of excellence which they should be very proud of. They are making it easier for more children to walk, cycle and scoot to school and be safe near traffic, and in this day and age especially, when we are so reliant on our cars, that is no easy task.”
Brightkidz founder, Alison Holland, whose ST:EPS project is being run in five Kettering schools and is now being rolled out across Northamptonshire, said: “There is a big focus from central government for schools to promote active and sustainable travel, but teachers often don’t know what resources are available to make that happen. We worked with Grange Primary to signpost them to free resources and helped get their pupils involved in many activities including; school assemblies, Road Safety Week, Walk to School Week with Wicksteed Park’s Wicky bear, a fun scooter training day and a local campaign to make the school entrance safer.”
Deputy Head, Lydia Meek added: “Thanks to continued support from Brightkidz we are now looking at some more unique ideas going forward, which we are confident will help us achieve our longer-term healthy living goals. This is just the beginning – we are aiming for silver next.”
For more information on how to get involved in ST:EPS visit: https://brightkidz.co.uk/projects/steps-kettering/.