Pupils' eco route

A total of 73 schools across the county have now been recognised for pupil travel plans in a national scheme.

The Modeshift STARS scheme recognises and rewards schools and other organisations that have shown excellence in supporting sustainable and active travel.

Schools can gain awards ranging from green for entry level work, up to platinum for outstanding achievement in ‘green’ travel to and from school.

Following the latest round of judging, 11 schools in Buckinghamshire now have green awards, 45 have bronze awards, eight silver, four gold and five platinum.

Steven Broadbent, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement. Well done to all our schools who have put in so much hard work to their school travel planning.

‘The benefits of using more sustainable and active methods for journeying to and from school impact not just on the families taking part in terms of their health and wellbeing, but also on the wider community, who will gain from cleaner air and clearer roads.’

He added: “The scheme also contributes to important lessons about road safety for pupils and wider learning about sustainability and the link to climate change, building awareness from a young age about the small things we can all do to make a difference.’

The council’s sustainable travel team works with all schools across the county.

For more information visit the website: schooltravelplanning.com