Pupils put their best foot forward to walk to school

More than 4700 Northumberland school children are putting their best foot forward as part of Walk to School Week.

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 14:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 14:16 pm
Ben Hulbert, Tweedmouth Middle School

Pupils from 31 schools in the county have joined the nationwide initiative, organised by Living Streets.

Parents, pupils and teachers are encouraged to leave their car at home and walk, cycle or scoot to school. If the journey is too far to walk, then the message is, drive part way and walk the final stretch.

Ben Hulbert, headteacher at Tweedmouth Middle School, said: “Walk to School week is a great opportunity for pupils, parents and carers to look at the way they travel to school and the benefits that walking can bring, such as pupils being more alert in the classroom. ”

With as many as one in four cars on the road at peak times travelling to a school, the campaign aims to get as many families as possible walking – reducing congestion, making our roads safer and helping to clean up our toxic air.

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Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active. Walk to School Week is always popular with Northumberland schools. It is a brilliant way for children to get active, learn vital road safety skills and to make sure they’re alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day.”

This year the theme is the Walking Routes Challenge with pupils exploring the ecosystem of a tree. Participating schools have received classroom packs containing wall charts, pupil diaries and stickers to use during the week and pupils also receive a pack of sunflower seeds to grow in class or at home.