Hornchurch secondary school receives TfL award for promoting healthy modes of travel
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 December 2018
Transport for London
A Hornchurch secondary school was one of 28 schools in London to receive an award for encouraging active and safer modes of travel.
The Campion School in Wingletye Lane delivered a year-long three part campaign aiming to increase the numbers of those cycling to school.
As part of TfL’s Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe (Stars) schools programme, the Hornchurch School received an award for its initiative which led to an average of eight per cent reduction in car use on school journeys, at City Hall on Wednesday, December 6.
Dr Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “We all want to build a healthier and safer future for our children so to have them involved in encouraging us all to be more active and safe is fantastic.
“The mayor and I are particularly proud of the STARS programme. Being physically active sets children up for success: active kids are healthier, happier and do better at school.
“Sadly, far too many children in London aren’t as active as they should be. Walking, cycling and scooting to school are fun and easy ways to build more activity into the day.”
Prior to this event, other Stars accredited schools received bronze, silver or gold grading for their initiatives at seven regional events held across London.
Harrow Lodge Primary School in Hornchurch received a gold Stars accreditation for championing walking, scooting and cycling.
Gareth Powell, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, added: “TfL’s STARS accreditation scheme inspires young Londoners to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, wellbeing and the environment.
“This year, we have awarded gold status to 686 schools, more than ever before.
“We are delighted that so many schools across London are part of the programme and we’re determined to double that number, enabling more London children to enjoy the benefits of leading active lives.”
The Mayor of London and TfL also launched the first Walking Action Plan earlier this year. The plan includes the target to double the number of schools reaching the gold standard under the Stars scheme from 686 to 1,000 by 2024.