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Beverley school reaches for the stars!

A Beverley primary school has been named as a regional winner of an event which celebrates the success of schools which encourage greener and healthier ways of travel. St Mary’s CE Primary School was named as the Yorkshire and Humber primary school of the region for 2018 at the Modeshift STARS awards event, held in Leeds.

The school will now go on to take part in the national awards, to be held in March in London.

Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) is the national travel award scheme designed to recognise schools which have shown excellence in promoting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel.

The awards celebrate schools’ success in encouraging pupils to travel to school in greener, healthier and safer ways in order to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The scheme is open to schools throughout the country and is supported by the Department for Transport.

St Mary’s Primary School was one of the first schools in the East Riding to achieve the gold STARS accreditation. Its pupils are elected as junior travel ambassadors and activities are held throughout the year to promote the road safety message, including park and stride events, walking school bus days and other events to encourage cycling and walking to school as a healthier option to taking the car.

Wendy Copley, the school’s road safety champion, has been praised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s road safety team for her “enthusiasm, dedication and passion” in achieving its success.

Wendy said:  “Our school has had a road safety team for over 10 years now, so to win this award is fantastic.  Road safety is part of our every day school life and is truly embedded in the school fabric.”