A Caerphilly school near congestion hotspot have been awarded a Sustrans Award in recognition for reducing car use for journeys to school.
A huge congratulations to Cwrt Rawlin Primary School, based in Caerphilly, which was awarded the Sustrans’ Silver School Mark following the school’s recent efforts in supporting children to walk, cycle and scoot to school. Since taking part in the Sustrans School Mark the school’s exemplary commitment to lessen the amount of congestion has seen a decrease of 15% in driving to school – significantly more than the national average.
The Silver School Mark is awarded to a school that continues to demonstrate a commitment to promoting active and sustainable travel, with much of the energy and resources coming from within the school and its community. These commitments include implementing organisational, cultural and behavioural changes which help the school community choose to travel in more active and sustainable ways.
Cwrt Rawlin Primary School saw an impressive rise in active travel with a 6% increase in cycling to school and 9% increase is scooting to school.
“ Working with Sustrans over the last two years has been rewarding and very beneficial to the school. I’ve seen a huge change in how the pupils travel to school and the way they think about active travel. I’m delighted that we have been awarded the Silver School Mark. ”
The school celebrated achieving the award with a special assembly attended by Cllr James Fussell and Cllr Colin Elsbury. The assembly included a presentation by pupils detailing their Sustrans Silver School Mark journey and a presentation by Hamish Belding, Sustrans Active Journeys Officer.
Cllr James Fussell, who presented the award, said:
"Cwrt Rawlin Primary School have worked hard to achieve the Sustrans Silver School Mark and I’m happy to be here presenting the award. The increased numbers of children travelling to school by bike, scooter and foot is very impressive. Staff and parents have embraced a new positive way of thinking about the school run and their dedication deserves recognition too. Seeing a full bike and scooter rack on the schoolyard is a wonderful sight."
Tara Lloyd, Head Teacher of Cwrt Rawlin Primary said:
“Working with Sustrans over the last two years has been rewarding and very beneficial to the school. I’ve seen a huge change in how the pupils travel to school and the way they think about active travel. I’m delighted that we have been awarded the Silver School Mark, especially having won bronze last year – it really showcases the hard work of our pupils, parents and staff. Hamish has taught the pupils many valuable life skills including how to stay safe on the roads and how to repair a bike, these skills will stay with the pupils forever.”