Schools in Kirklees lead the way to healthier choices

Three Kirklees schools have been presented with bronze awards for their commitment to sustainable travel.

Which schools have been presented with an award?

King James School, Linthwaite Ardron Junior and Infant School, Moldgreen Community Primary school and Lydgate Primary school have all been presented with the Modeshift STARS Bronze standard for their commitment to sustainable travel after joining the scheme in September 2020. These schools – the first in Kirklees to receive the award – have worked hard to support families in cycling and walking to school.

How do you achieve the bronze standrard? 

To achieve the bronze standard, schools must demonstrate a commitment to promoting sustainable transport by conducting an annual survey, identifying travel issues and solutions, and delivering a range of travel initiatives. Parents have played a significant role in adapting their school run where possible, keeping a log of how their children travel to school. Everyone has benefited from taking part in the scheme learning how small changes can positively impact their health and wellbeing as well as helping the environment.

The schools have seen the benefits of sustainable travel, through parents playing an active park in logging down the travel the children take, the children learning the importance of being healthier and the staff being better informed to support families in making healthier choices.

What is Modeshift STARS? 

Modeshift STARS is a national school’s awards scheme, established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting their pupils in getting to and from school through cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a nationwide effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel to help improve the health and well-being of children and young people whilst simultaneously having a positive impact on the environment. There are several schools in Kirklees – in addition to those who have already successfully achieved this – currently working towards their Bronze award with the support of officers from Kirklees Council’s highways safety team.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“The impact of more sustainable and active travel should not be underestimated. The positive effects of choosing an active mode of transport to get to and from school has on both adults and children’s wellbeing, as well the knock on effect to the environment is significant with improved air quality and less congestion on the roads.

Well done to the children, families and schools in achieving this bronze standard.”

Councillor Carole Pattinson, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said:

“I would like to congratulate all the schools who have been awarded the Bronze Modeshift in recognition of the level of sustainable travel achieved by their pupils. It’s great to see the children and parents making more active choices where possible and the teachers at the schools encouraging everyone to take part.

We hope to see more schools in Kirklees making a commitment to sustainable travel and to road safety and we will help in any way to help them achieve their goals”

 

All the schools who have achieved the Bronze standard will continue to build on their achievements around active and sustainable travel and have already set their sights on the Silver standard.

Find out more

Schools wanting to find out more about the scheme should visit the Modeshift Stars website, and if they then wish advice and support on how they can start the process to encourage more active and sustainable travel Kirklees Road Safety officers should contacted via Highways.ROSS@kirklees.gov.uk.