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Walk to School Week

Next week is the first Walk to School Week of this academic year and we are encouraging children and their parents or carers to leave the car at home and give walking a go!

Walking to school is a brilliant way to get active and healthy. It’s also a great opportunity for children to learn vital road safety skills and make sure they’re alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day.

The national charity, Living Streets has a big ambition: every child that can, walks to school. A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half.

  • It’s been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn;

  • The school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of CO2 per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides;

  • During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road is taking children to school contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.

  • Boys can come to school on bicycles, scooters, or any other mode of transport as long as you try to leave your car at home. If the journey is too far without the car then perhaps you could park a little further away and walk the last bit or car share with another family.

The Parents’ Association and school staff will, once again, operate a Park and Stride from the top of Oval Way during that week. Boys can be dropped at the far end of Oval Way from 8:05am until 8:15, at the junction with Orchehill Avenue where they will then be escorted to the main school gates or the Lower School site – we have extra staff on hand and a plan in place to maintain bubbles.