Pupils scoot with competition prize

Pupils at Codnor Primary School with their scooterpod prize
Pupils at Codnor Primary School with their scooterpod prize

Prize-winning pupils were a roaring success in a competition designed to find active ways of getting to school and reducing the number of cars en route.

A Scooterpod now takes pride of place at Codnor Primary School, its prize for scooping the opposition in the countywide competition.

The children were tasked to change the way they travel to school and responded to the challenge by walking, cycling, scooting, jumping on buses, car sharing or encouraging their drivers to park further away.

The dinosaur-themed monster move campaign formed part of Travel Smart week which is held twice a year at schools throughout Derbyshire. More than 250 schools took part in the latest initiative.

Rob Webb, teacher at Codnor Primary, said: “We have been working towards our Modeshift STARS award, a national scheme to encourage children and parents to Travel Smart to school.

“This has included working with Derbyshire 
County Council and the Police to provide Scooter Smart training so children can scoot to school safely. It’s great that we have now won the Scooterpod as now we have somewhere for 
children to store their scooter!”

The school is now looking at ways they can raise funds to buy more Scooterpods and how to encourage more children to Travel Smart by cycling and walking to school.

Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “Congratulations to the children, staff and parents of Codnor Primary School.

“The county council is committed to promoting things like cycling, walking, car sharing and using scooters to travel to school with initiatives like Travel Smart and Modeshift Stars. Codnor Primary School’s dedication to promoting these forms of transport as a good way to get to school, can only improve the health and well-being of pupils and benefit the environment.”

Schools who wish to 
follow the lead of Codnor Primary School and take part in the next Travel Smart week can do so in October.