'Foot power' accreditation for schools in Buckingham and Winslow area

Schools recognised for encouraging youngsters to walk, pedal and scoot to school

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:42 pm
George Grenville Primary Academy,

Fifty-six schools in Buckinghamshire have been nationally recognised for their work in getting pupils to school using 'foot power' during the 2019/20 academic year - including eight in the Buckingham and Winslow area.

The schools have all gained accreditation under the Modeshift STARS scheme (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools). This is sponsored by the Department for Transport and encourages children and young people to walk, pedal and scoot to school. The scheme awards gradings on a Gold, Silver and Bronze basis to promote active, safe and sustainable travel by families making their daily journeys to and from school.

Of the 56 schools now recognised, four achieved bronze accreditation for the first time in December 2020, joining 30 others already at bronze level, seven at Silver level and 15 at the prestigious Gold level.

Schools at Gold level include Roundwood Primary, in Tingewck and Gawcott.

Schools at Silver level include Steeple Claydon Primary.

And schools at Bronze level include George Grenville Primary Academy, Maids Moreton CE Primary, Marsh Gibbon CE Primary, Winslow C of E School, the Royal Latin School and The Buckingham School.

To gain accreditation, each school develops a programme that encourages pupils to be more active through cycling and walking, identifies traffic and transport issues for the school and reduces the number of cars outside the school to improve air quality and help lower the impact of school traffic on other road users.