Banister Primary School recognised for promoting healthy school run

Banister Primary School has received a Bronze Modeshift STARS award for its efforts in promoting active travel on the school run. Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition Scheme) is a national scheme acknowledging schools that have excelled in encouraging families to walk, cycle and scoot to school.

Currently 70% of children are now travelling actively to Banister Primary School, which achieved the accolade in under two terms. Pupils celebrated their success with a walk to school and a special assembly on Thursday 10 October, including a performance from theatre education company Histrionics.

Working closely alongside My Journey, Southampton City Council’s sustainable travel brand, the school has engaged in a number of different activities to support children and families to travel sustainably. These include participation in Sustrans’ Big Pedal challenge and Living Streets’ Travel Tracker initiative, which enables staff to record pupils’ daily modes of travel to school and reward children who travel actively with badges. The school won an adult scooter for their efforts in My Journey’s Scooter Challenge, during which they achieved a high average number of scooter journeys to school per pupil. Pupils have also recorded air quality around the school and earlier this year met with Councillor Chris Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, to share with him what they have learnt about air pollution and how they are encouraging their peers to support local air quality by travelling actively. Finally, the school was chosen to attend the launch of Southampton City Council’s Green City Charter on this year’s Clean Air Day, where they spoke about the many initiatives they have been involved in to promote sustainable travel.

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place and Transport, says:
“I’m delighted to hear that Banister Primary School has achieved its Bronze Modeshift STARS award. This is an excellent achievement and testament to the school’s hard work in supporting more families to enjoy a healthy, active journey to school. Encouraging sustainable travel is key to supporting our Green City Charter and the vision for a clean, green, healthy and sustainable city. Banister Primary School’s achievements demonstrate how we can all do our bit to improve local air quality and work collaboratively to realise this goal. Well done and congratulations to all of the staff, pupils and families for their hard work in reaching this excellent milestone in such a short time.”

Kate Vincent, Headteacher of Banister Primary School, added:
“We are delighted to receive this award and feel it represents the hard work put in by the school, parents and most importantly the children to make active travel a key part of our day.”