First school in Warwickshire to achieve national school travel award

Michael Drayton Junior School in Hartshill, Nuneaton is the first primary school in Warwickshire to achieve a national school travel award.

The school has received a bronze level award as part of Modeshift STARS – a scheme that recognises schools that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

To gain the bronze award, Michael Drayton Junior School demonstrated a commitment to promoting sustainable transport by conducting an annual survey, identifying travel issues and solutions and delivering a range of travel initiatives to support their school travel plan.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Environment said “Modeshift STARS is a simple but effective scheme that enables a whole school community approach to finding safer, healthier and more sustainable travel to school options. It can also help reduce congestion outside school gates and offers schools the opportunity to produce a safe and effective school travel plan.”

Mrs. Compton-Belcher, Head teacher at the school said “We are delighted to receive the Modeshift STARS Bronze Award, even more so knowing we are the first school in Warwickshire to achieve it. The scheme is already proving to be an effective way of getting everyone to think about how they travel to school.”

All schools in Warwickshire may sign up to the scheme at no charge via the Road Safety Education team. Contact roadsafetyeducation@warwickshire.gov.uk for further details or visit warwickshire.gov.uk/activetravel to find out about Active Travel choices across Warwickshire.