ST:EPS – Safe Travel: Enabling Pupils and Schools – is about enabling school communities to promote safe, active travel for children not just on the journey to and from school but for life. It was first launched in Kettering, Northamptonshire where Brightkidz is based.
Schools taking part are linked to the resources they need to encourage walking to school, cycling, scooting and road safety. Read more about ST:EPS here.
The Brightkidz ST:EPS Kettering project is the pilot for ST:EPS (because this is where we are based) and is supported by Central England Co-operative and delivered in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council.
We are seeking more schools and community partners to join us in this pioneering scheme to promote safe, active travel for children.
Building on Existing Partnerships
We have been collaborating with the road safety team at Northamptonshrie County Council for several years and have previously worked with many schools in the county on a project funded by the Casualty Reduction partnership. As we are based in Kettering and we knew there was a need for more support to promote active travel, we launched the ST:EPS scheme with schools in the town, starting with Grange Primary Academy.
Benefits for Kettering Schools
The ST:EPS Kettering project is supporting Kettering schools in promoting safe, active, sustainable travel for children, linking schools to resources and guiding them to achieving the Modeshift STARS national school travel accreditation. This is all whilst helping the schools meet other objectives such as health, fitness, road safety, attendance, learning, punctuality, parent engagement and raising the profile of the schools in the local community.
Kettering is a Northamptonshire (soon to be North Northamptonshire) market town with a strong shoe-making heritage. It has good rail and road routes, is surrounded by lovely countryside but like many towns has problems with traffic congestion and bad parking, especially outside schools. The borough is famous for being Weetabix HQ (fill you up before a morning cycle to school), producing specialist boots for the first Everest expedition (probably a bit clunky for the walk to school) and is hometown of comedian James Acaster (who is a trustee of one of our ST:EPS schools).
Kettering ST:EPS Schools
The lead school for the ST:EPS Kettering project was Grange Primary Academy . They have taken part in many initiatives including road safety assemblies, cycle safe workshops, scooter training, The Big Pedal (a two week initiative to scoot or cycle to school) and UN Global Road Safety Week. in June 2019 they were the first school to receive a Modeshift STARS bronze accreditation as part of the ST:EPS scheme… they were also the first school in the county to receive this national accreditation for school travel.
Compass Primary Academy followed and pupils from the school particularly enjoyed a visit from local park mascot Wicky Bear who joined them in Walk to School Week.
Kettering Buccleuch Academy is the first secondary (with primary) to do the ST:EPS scheme. St Andrews Primary and Youth Works free school are also taking part. In addition Hawthorn Primary School has joined the scheme – pupils were out and about with us on Clean Air Day doing traffic counts and lichen investigations.
Take part in ST:EPS Kettering
We are keen to work with more Kettering schools – if you are a teacher interested in taking part or a local business interested in sponsoring a school’s participation, please get in touch.