Green Travel Award for Dunstable School

Dunstable St Augustine’s Academy has been awarded runner-up Modeshift STARS, for their commitment to sustainable travel. 

Modeshift STARS is a national awards scheme established to recognise schools who demonstrate excellence in promoting, supporting and increasing sustainable forms of travel to school, in order to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

On Wednesday 14 November at the National Modeshift STARS Awards Ceremony the school was presented with their award.

St Augustine’s Academy had already achieved the Modeshift STARS bronze award. The school has been working closely with Bike It Officers funded by SUSTRANS to run Dr Bike sessions so that pupils’ bikes have been serviced and kept in a safe, useable condition.

School pupils have been regularly taking part in sustainable travel challenges including the Santa Challenge, Big Pedal and Walk to School Week. Through Central Bedfordshire Council’s Travel Choices scheme the school has received a set of refurbished micro scooters which are used regularly.

Over the 10 days of the Santa Challenge, the school accumulated 4,940 miles (with 80 pupils achieving all 10 days) which is hugely impressive for a school of around 170 pupils. During the Big Pedal 2019 the school achieved a top 200 placing nationally.

Every school in England (outside of London) has the opportunity to take part in the Modeshift STARS initiative for free and help their pupils be more active and stay healthy. Schools can reach three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Schools interested in joining the scheme should contact the Travel Choices Team.


Source: KW, CBC

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