School picks up travel award

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Pupils at Eastergate Primary School, near Chichester, are hopping, skipping and jumping for joy as they celebrate being presented with the Travel Mark 2 Award.

Sixty-four per cent of the pupils travelled to school using sustainable travel. The school also promotes sustainable travel to its students.

The school also enters West Sussex County Council’s Walk to School Week campaign each year and promotes fun ways to get to school. Pupils and staff have travelled to school on stilts, skipped, and worn wacky footwear.

Pieter Montyn, the County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, will present the award in a special ceremony being held at the school tomorrow (Tuesday July 5).

The Travel Mark Awards, which have three levels, are given by the County Council’s Safer Routes to School Team.

The School Travel Plan pulls together a package of measures to encourage people to use the car less and instead find safer, sustainable modes of travel for the journey to and from school.