St Bartholomew's CofE Primary School in Haslemere has launched its new Active Travel Fridays campaign calling on its school community to ditch their cars once a week.
The school is working with community group Haslemere Active Travel to encourage more parents and children to try active forms of travel such as walking and cycling to get to school. And to kick things off, the school launched ‘Active Travel Fridays’ at the school gates on March 17.
Deputy headteacher Sally Hollyer said: “A recent simple survey of our children and parents showed around 38 per cent of the children surveyed either walked, cycled or scooted to school, with 62 per cent coming by car.”
The school hopes Active Travel Fridays will encourage more children and parents to get into the active habit over the rest of the school year.
Alastair Bayliss from Haslemere Active Travel added: “Walking and cycling to school helps reduce traffic and pollution, is sociable, fun, and builds good habits in our children.
“We’re hoping St Barts can be the trailblazing school on this, leading to a safer, healthier environment for all.”
St Bart’s has also linked up with the Living Streets WOW campaign, and pupils will earn Living Streets badges for walking at least once a week.