WoW is part of the Walk to School campaign run by Living Streets. It is a year-round incentive scheme encouraging primary school children and their families to walk to school. Children walking to school are rewarded monthly with a collectable WoW badge. A new set of themed badges are designed by the children each year in a national artwork competition – this year’s competition theme is “A Journey Through Time”.
Children will be given a termly passport to record when walking to school takes place. Teachers and teaching assistants will keep a simple record of when each child walks to school. This information will be recorded on a class wall chart as well as in the child’s passport. At the end of each month those children walking regularly to school will earn their monthly badge. There are other incentives that will be used as the year develops with certificates for individuals and book vouchers for the best participating classes.
You do not have to walk all the way to school to qualify to take part. If you have to drive a long way, then break up the journey with a ten minute walk to school at the end. More details can be found at www.livingstreets.org.uk.
We hope you will be able to support this initiative. Walking is a great benefit to the children and the environment and will help reduce congestion, and therefore increase safety, around the school. We will keep you updated regularly as the campaign develops.
We took part in the Living Streets’ Walk to School Week during May 2015!
School Travel Plan
We have a School Travel Plan which has targets to promote sustainable travel to school. Please walk or cycle to school if you are able to do so. Those who must drive are strongly encouraged to park away from the school in order to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety outside the school. A copy of a school travel plan is available here.
Entering and leaving school
Parents must not park or stop on school zig zags, double yellow lines or pavements, as this puts the safety of children at risk. Parents that must drive children to school are requested to not park on Orchard Avenue but use the visitors car park instead.
Active Travel Rewards scheme
We are committed to reducing traffic around the school, improving pupils’ health and helping the environment. We reward pupils who travel actively to school by using the Living Streets “WoW” Scheme.
Bicycles and scooters
We actively encourage pupils to cycle and scoot to school. Since September 2013 we have been participating in the Sustrans Bike It initiative, which encourages and promotes cycling to school. We also offer Bikeability cycle training to pupils (formerly known as ‘cycling proficiency’) in order for them to be trained with the skills to ride on the roads. We have 40 cycle stands at the school, which are sheltered. Pupils must lock their own bikes to the stands, we recommend using a high quality lock. We also have 2 scooterpods available, with space for 24 scooters, for pupils scooting to school. We also offer pupils scooter training as part of the Bike It initiative.