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Hornchurch primary school awarded TfL gold Stars accreditation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 October 2018

Harrow Lodge Primary School celebrate winning the gold travel award.

Harrow Lodge Primary School celebrate winning the gold travel award.

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A primary school known for promoting healthy lifestyles has received a special award for championing sustainable modes of travel.

Harrow Lodge Primary School in Hornchurch received a TfL gold stars accreditation for championing walking, scooting and cycling.

TfL’s Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe (Stars) scheme inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably and safely.

Michelle Kersey, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “We’ve worked tirelessly over the last three years to promote cleaner air and safer, healthier modes of travel.”

Mrs Kersey went on to say that the school put together a travel plan which included running cycling courses to encourage children to cycle to school, buying 30 balance bikes and 12 bicycles to use in school for lunchtime activities and afternoon sessions and teaching road safety through drama workshops.

Lynette Searle, headteacher of Harrow Lodge Primary added: “I’m so proud of everyone for achieving this award - our parents and children, our staff and the Havering Smarter Travel Team all played a part in reaching this pinnacle.”

Pupils at Harrow Lodge Primary were also treated to a visit from Miles the Mole - the borough’s clean air champion during a fun-filled day that included making fruit smoothies on a smoothie-bike and coming to school by bike or scooter for an early morning Bikers’ Breakfast.

“Our children have really embraced the healthier modes of travel,” said Mrs Kersey.

“They even organised a Bling your Bike/Scooter competition with extravagant results.

“Now, we just need to get our parents on bikes and scooters and we’ll have achieved our ultimate goal.”

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