Schools needed for walking challenge

Schools across North Somerset are invited to sign up to a new initiative which encourages their pupils to walk to school.

Up to 15 schools in the area can take part in WOW – The Year-Round Walk to School Challenge.

The project encourages all children to walk to school at least once a week, which in turn will reduce congestion at the school gates and promote lifelong healthy habits.

North Somerset Council, with help from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund, has joined forces with the charity Living Streets to deliver the project.

Children walking to school

Schools which participate will benefit from staff training, led assemblies and lesson plans linked to the curriculum.

It can also be used to earn accreditation from Modeshift STARS, the national school travel awards.

Pupils log their journeys using the WOW Travel Tracker.

Their efforts are rewarded with monthly themed WOW badges, an opportunity to participate in ‘Happy Shoesday’ and meet the project’s mascot, Strider.

Tor Zakaria, assistant headteacher of Yeo Moor primary school in Clevedon, said: “We would definitely recommend it.

“It had an impact on the number of children walking to school, and the children really enjoyed collecting badges and celebrating their achievements in assembly.”

If you work in a school and would like to take part, contact the sustainable travel team on sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk or 01934 426 404.