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Sustainability and School Travel

Sustainability and School Travel

Date of our next meeting: Monday 9th May at 2.00pm. Contact stp@highmarch.co.uk  if you would like to join us.

At High March we are proud of our School Travel Plan and of our approach to promoting Sustainablility. We hold the Modeshift Stars Platinum Award for our work.

There is a whole School approach to sustainability and this is embedded in our culture from Governors to staff to parents to pupils. The majority of our pupils live within a small radius of the School and hence can contribute to the Plan. We constantly promote the various options available in Beaconsfield for parents to park and walk with their children the rest of the way to School.

5 and 10 minute radius Walking Map to High March (pdf)

The Year 6 JRSOs, assisted by the Year 2 JRSOs, regularly promote Sustainable Travel and run initiatives. They give presentations in Upper School and Junior House Assemblies encouraging others to see the benefits of walking, cycling or scooting to School and promoting road safety.

The School runs initiatives every term; Walk to School Week in the Autumn and Summer Terms, Bike to School Week culminating in the very popular Biker’s Breakfast. The JRSOs have a School travel related stall at the Christmas Fayre and choose a mid-year initiative, which in the past has included Wow Your Wellies, Bling your Boots and March in March.

High March actively seeks to make the roads around our School safer. We have School Crossing Patrollers, the JRSOs go on traffic patrols with the PCSOs and our parents are encouraged to sign up to the Parent Parking Promise.

Much of our current programme is detailed here: School Travel Plan (pdf)

The work of STP is closely linked to that of Beaconsfield Cycle Paths https://beaconsfield-cycle-paths.org.uk/ ; some members of BCP are involved in travel planning at other local schools so it is a forum in which to share common problems around school travel. The BCP lobby group is involved in promoting safer cycling in Beaconsfield as well as having a voice in local planning and development. STP and BCP work closely with the local community at many levels: The Beaconsfield Society, Beaconsfield schools, Town, District and County Councils and our MP.

High March lives and breathes School Travel and we are grateful for the support offered by Bucks CC and our community partners in our aims to promote Sustainable Travel in our small corner of Buckinghamshire.

These Family Cycle Routes around Beaconsfield were created by members of the STP working group in conjunction with the Beaconsfield Society

Beaconsfield Cycles Map (pdf)