Posted on 24th May 2018
Pupils and parents joined officers from our Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team in Stenson Fields this week to put their best foot forward in a bid to reduce traffic congestion outside their primary school.
At an event on Tuesday, May 22, pupils at Stenson Fields Primary School were encouraged to wear a pair of ‘Super Shoes’ for their journey to school.
The ‘Super Shoesday’ idea was inspired as part of the school’s efforts to promote active and healthy journeys to school as well as contributing to reducing the problems and concerns caused by traffic congestion, parking and air pollution around schools.
Pupils, wearing their favourite footwear or shoes that they had specially decorated for the occasion, met with police community support officers, school staff and the travel smart team from Derbyshire County Council to travel by foot, from either the nearby Asda supermarket or The Stenson Fields public house on Pilgrims Way.
Families joined in wearing an array of creatively designed shoes, with PCSOs Dunn and Guest being given the difficult task of judging the winning best pairs of super shoes for a prize of a goodie bag of hi-visibility accessories.
Jaspal Girn, business manager at the school, said: “At Stenson Fields Primary Community School we aim to make our children healthier, more active and promote safer travel to all the school community.
“I spoke to a lot of the parents and they agreed that this should be the way forward. Some of them would have normally driven close to school to drop their children off but instead joined us, which is what we wanted to achieve.”
Similar events and activities are planned for next term in the run up to National Clean Air Day on June 21 as the school work towards their Modeshift STARS award – a national initiative that recognises the efforts and achievements of schools go to promote active, safer and more environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school.