Our progress so far

In 2016 we launched our schools air quality project in six Winchester City schools and colleges. Since then teams of pupils and students from 24 Basingstoke & Deane, Eastleigh, Fareham, New Forest, Havant, Rushmoor and Southampton have also carried out air quality investigations.

The teams of students have compared levels of nitrogen dioxide expelled from car exhausts around their school or college grounds. To do this they used diffusion tubes provided by the district Environmental Health Departments.
The diffusion tubes were analysed by Gradko. The teams of students were then encouraged to draft a Clean Air Campaign plan with a focus on sustainable travel messages, currently promoted by My Journey. In some districts, prizes were awarded for the best plans produced. The various winners are shown here:

Eastleigh BC schools:
First Prize – Bursledon Junior School (won a Climbing session donated by University of Southampton Jubilee Sports Centre)
Runners Up  – The Crescent Primary School and Thornden School

Fareham BC schools:
First Prize - Crofton Anne Dale Junior School won a Bouldering Session donated by Red Spider Climbing Centre)

(Redlands Primary School ran its own Clean Air Poster competition for which Next Ltd donated prizes and also displayed the winning designs in all their warehouses and head office.

Havant BC:
First prize - Bosmere Junior School – won a bespoke tour of TAG Farnborough Airport focussing on air quality monitoring.
(Runners up - Trosnant Junior School  - won an educational visit donated by Queen Elizabeth Country Park)

New Forest DC:
Hounsdown School ran a ‘no idling’ banner competition and the winning design was produced by New Forest DC and is displayed on Lyndhurst High St to encourage drivers to switch off on whilst queuing in traffic. The winner was awarded a climbing session donated by the Boulder Shack in Southampton.

Southampton CC:
First prize -Sholing Junior School
Runners up – St Monica Primary and St Mark’s Primary School

Winchester CC:
First Prize - Peter Symonds College (won a climbing session donated by Calshot Activity Centre.
Runners Up – St Peter’s RC Primary School, Kings Worthy Primary School and St Bede Primary School.
Kings’ School also ran an air quality poster and slogan competition.

Read the case study from the Peter Symonds Sixth Form college project here and some of the press coverage the project has received to date. The project also won Modeshifts National Recognition Contribution to Sustainable Travel award for 2017.