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Archbishop of York Junior School receive national award for school safety

Pupils from Archbishop of York Junior School have received national recognition for their involvement in a school safety campaign.

The pupils won the award for partnership working for schools in Yorkshire and Humber at the National School Travel Awards for their Modeshift STARS work.

Judges were impressed with the work the school’s travel action group have done in getting the whole school community and City of York Council to combine to promote sustainable travel. They also managed to increase the number of parents and carers who are using Park & Stride sites around the village to encourage less car use around the school.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “It’s great to see that pupils, parents and teachers from Archbishop of York junior School have been recognised on a national scale for the work they have done to help make the area around the school a safer and more welcoming place for everyone to be.”

Jonathan Green, Head teacher at Archbishop of York Junior School, said: “We have worked incredibly hard to achieve this award and it has been something the whole community has bought into. We are all thrilled and incredibly proud to have done so well.”

The Modeshift STARS (sustainable travel accreditation and road safety for schools) scheme is a national on-line tool showcasing green travel options. It also recognises schools that are working hard not only to encourage parents and staff to travel to school more sustainably, but use sustainable transport as part of their curriculum activities.

The project aims to increase the number of people walking and cycling to school, and reducing congestion during the school run making it safer for everyone.

For more information on Modeshift STARS and sustainable travel in York visit ModeshiftStars.