School’s top award for travel efforts

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A Kilburn school has received a top award for its efforts to encourage parents to leave the car at home.

Kilburn Infant and Nursery School is one of the first schools in Derbyshire to receive the national Modeshift Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools award (STARS).

The school has been working closely with Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team and Derbyshire County Council who also received the national Modeshift award for team contribution to sustainable travel.

The STARS scheme was launched by transport minister Baroness Kramer in November 2014 to recognise the efforts made to persuade pupils and parents to choose greener and healthier ways of getting to and from school.

Kilburn Infant and Nursery School have worked hard to encourage parents to leave the car at home by installing scooter pods, providing scooter safety training and promoting walking to school through Derbyshire County Council Travel Smart campaign.

They have also worked closely with officers from Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team to encourage parents to park responsibly.

Head teacher, Joanne Baillie, said: “We are delighted to receive the Bronze STARS award and will carry on working hard to encourage children to travel school in safe, healthy and environmentally friendly ways.

“It has been great to have the support of PC Hopwell and PSCO Midgley from Kilburn safer neighbourhood team who have helped reinforce the message by visiting school and working with us to encourage parents to either walk or park responsibly.”

The school is now working towards their silver STARS award by taking part in the Big Pedal a national competition to encourage more children to cycle or scoot to school, as well as continuing their work with the Kilburn Police Safer Neighbourhood Team to encourage those parents that do drive to school to park responsibly.