Sutton schools praised by TfL for green travel
Sutton's schools have been recognised by TfL (Transport for London) for their efforts in reducing the amount of cars on the school run.
Four schools have been praised for encouraging pupils to walk, cycle or catch the bus to school instead of getting a lift.
Cheam Common Juniors and Brookside Primary received accreditation whilst John Fisher School got a special award for encouraging cycling and Avenue Primary for walking.
Marie Curzon, School Business Manager of The John Fisher School, in Peaks Hill, said: "We have done a lot to raise awareness of the issue among staff and students alongside solid measures such as installing new bike sheds, leading road safety campaigns and lobbying for road calming measures outside the school."
The four schools are among 38 in the borough which have been awarded special accreditation for promoting sustainable and active journeys to schoolchildren and families through school travel plans.
Dave Callaghan, chairman of Sutton's children, family and education committee, said: "These awards are a tribute to the hard work of governors, staff, parents, children and the council’s Smarter Travel team.
"Where it is possible, cycling and walking to school promote good health and using public transport instead of cars helps to protect the environment and ease congestion on the roads."
The schools have been helped by Sutton’s Smarter Travel team, which last month was named Curriculum Project of the Year by Modeshift, the national organisation for sustainable travel.