Modeshift STARS Local Authority School of the Year for Hampshire

Manor Church of England Infant School has been recognised for supporting sustainable school travel at the Modeshift STARS Travel Awards 2021/22

Modeshift has announced the winners of the South East Region STARS Travel Awards 2021/22 and Manor Church of England Infant School has been crowned Local Authority School of the Year for Hampshire.

Since starting STARS, Manor Church of England Infant School has been fully committed to encouraging sustainable travel on the journey to and from school. Involvement in initiatives such as Walk to School Week, Be Bright Be Seen, Scoot to School Week and Park and Stride has seen the number of children scooting, walking and cycling to school increase. By raising awareness and promoting sustainable travel through these events as well as the school newsletters and Facebook page, they have seen an enormous reduction in the number of families who drive to school – 30% less over 5 years.

The school have also been working with the on-site pre-school, Stepping Stones, which has meant the younger children and their families have been involved in travel planning activities too. Stepping Stones were the first pre-school in Hampshire to achieve their bronze STARS travel award and were winners of the Hampshire STARS pre-school award last year.

Staff and pupils are looking forward to celebrating their achievement, as well as the installation of their new cycle storage, with Stepping Stones Pre-School next term.

Sholing Junior School in Southampton won the STARS South East Primary School of the Region and will go on the National Finals in June. Read more about all the South East Region winners

Modeshift STARS, supported by the Department for Transport, is the national school travel awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel for the journey to and from school. Free for Hampshire schools to use, it is an online platform that can create a school travel plan and log sustainable travel activities. Visit My Journey Education to find out more.