Pupils at a Suffolk primary school have won a regional award for their efforts walking and cycling to school

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Exning Primary School have been awarded the Regional Modeshift STARS Award for Suffolk for increasing sustainable and active travel.

ExningprimaryschoolThe award ceremony took place last week in central London.

Awarded each year to nominated schools, Modeshift STARS encourages schools across the country to increase levels of active travel to improve the health and well-being of staff, parents and most importantly children.

James Clark, Headteacher at Exning Primary School, said:

“We are all very grateful to Mrs Kent and our Junior Road Safety Officers for highlighting the importance of road safety to the whole of our school community. They have managed to get this very important message across by leading school assemblies, making posters and liaising with our local police, amongst many other activities.

“Their hard work has resulted in winning this award at the celebration event in London, and we are very proud indeed of their achievement!”

The regional awards require schools to gain a local authority nomination to be considered. This year Suffolk nominated three schools and Exning was commended for its work on road safety, anti-idling and sustainable travel initiatives. Claydon Primary School and Barrow Primary School were joint runners up.

Exning Primary School implemented their Travel Plan through Modeshift STARS following an invitation to join-up their travel initiatives with the Travel Plan for the new residential development in Exning.

The school’s Travel Plan Champion Liz Kent, with support from the Head Teacher James Clark, was very pro-active in engaging with Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Highways’ Road Safety Team. The school used their Junior Road Safety Officers to help reduce congestion and improve air quality in the area around the school.

Mark Ash, Executive Director of Growth, Highways and Infrastructure at Suffolk County Council, said:

“I am delighted that Exning Primary School has won this award. It recognises all the hard work of the whole school community. “As more children are aware of the current climate emergency Modeshift STARS are an ideal way for schools, pupils, parents and the local community to join forces and reduce the impact of the school run and make active travel an attractive alternative, whether this is a permanent change or even if it’s just for a few days every week.”

“Congratulations Exning Primary School.”