Kenningtons Primary win award for cycling excellence

KENNINGTONS Primary Academy in Aveley has been awarded the Sustrans Bronze School Mark for excellence in sustainable travel.

The award is given to schools which ‘bring about organisational, cultural and behavioural changes that help the school community choose to travel in more active and sustainable ways’. Kenningtons Primary Academy is the 2nd school is Thurrock to achieve Bronze status, making it a very special achievement.

Sustrans Bike It officer Hannah Brittain has been working closely with the school since February 2014 to help them meet the standard and encourage active travel through the Bike It project.

Hannah said “The whole school community has worked hard for this award, which is very much deserved. It’s so important for children to have healthy and active options for getting to school. Kenningtons has created a school culture that encourages, enables and celebrates pupils who choose active travel, which is cause for our celebrations today.”

Since starting as a Bike It school, Kenningtons has seen more and more pupils take up cycling for the school run, developing their independence and road safety awareness in the process. After the first year of Bike It, 25% of KS2 pupils were regularly cycling to school, compared to 7% before the project.

The school has also created an inclusive school travel policy, nominated a group of pupils for a Bike It Crew to help with cycling and scooting events, and even won a whole school mountain bike stunt show for best effort in The Big Pedal 2015. Year 4 teacher, Jenna Symonds, who is also a school champion and Bike It crew leader, praised the school community for their combined efforts.

Jenna said “We are absolutely delighted to have received our Bronze award which everybody at school has worked hard to achieve. With support from Hannah at Sustrans, we have been able to encourage many more members of our community to travel to school in more active and sustainable ways. We can’t wait to start working towards our Silver award!”

Kenningtons Primary Academy is now working full steam ahead towards their Silver School Mark and keen to share their experiences and best practice with other schools.

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