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 is being run in Kettering, Northamptonshire where Brightkidz is based. The new ideas and resources developed during the project are shared further afield via our website and publications.
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 delivered by Brightkidz in collaboration with local partners such as Kettering Borough Council, Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Council.
The scheme is funded in various ways: by the schools themselves, through road safety grants from the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, through local business sponsorship and with some costs covered by ploughed back profit from sales of our BrandMyThingy.com range of promotional products.
We are seeking more schools and community partners to join us in this pioneering scheme to promote safe, active travel for children.
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.
St Andrews Primary and Youth Works free school are also taking part. In addition as part of the scheme pupils from Hawthorn Primary School took part in Clean Air Day doing traffic counts and lichen investigations.
Three primary schools so far have achieved Modeshift STARS accreditation as part of the project: Bronze for St Andrew’s C of E School, Compass Primary Academy and Silver for Grange Primary Academy.
Three local secondary schools are taking part in our Brightwayz ST:EPS project for older children – Southfield School, Kettering Buccleuch Academy and Isebrook SEN School. this is funded by the Northamptonshire Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Road Safety funding. So far, Southfield School has been awarded the Bronze Modeshift STARS award for its achievements within the project.
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.
FREE for Schools:
Create Your Own Walking Bubble
Your school just needs to register on the Modeshift website via the link above. Then you can create and download your own walking bubble map and other supporting resources.