National scheme recognises pupils who walk to school

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A SCHOOL has been recognised for its work encouraging pupils to travel to school in a sustainable way.

Since 2005, Mengham Juniors, in Palmerston Road on Hayling Island, has looked for ways to reduce the number of cars coming into the school.

Now, only 10 percent of pupils are dropped off at the school by car.

It has achieved this by introducing a number of travel initiatives, which has been supported by the school travel 
planning team at Hampshire County Council.

In recognition of its work, the county council has rewarded the school with a bronze star, and the school has now added safe travel on to its curriculum.

Parents play a big part in the scheme, as they are encouraged to use one of the park-and-stride sites.

These are allocated car parks, located five minutes from the school, to get children to walk the final part of the journey to school, introduced to ease the flow of traffic around the school.

To celebrate the reward, pupils and staff organised a VE Day-themed walk, followed by a two war-themed 
shows performed by drama group Histrionics.

Headteacher Wendy Bolton said: ‘We value our environment and we value walking.’

She added: ‘We’re encouraged by the number of children persuading 
their parents to leave the car further away.’