Sneinton C of E Primary School will become the first school in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to be awarded Sustrans’ Bronze School Mark Award.
On July 7th, the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Mohammed Saghir and Nottingham’s Cycling Champion Councillor Jane Urquhart will present the award for the school’s outstanding commitment to cycling.
Funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, a five year, £16 million programme managed by Nottingham City Council to promote sustainable initiatives across the city and its conurbation, Sustrans has worked with local schools to encourage cycling by engaging with the students, staff and parents through assemblies and events including Dr Bike sessions, bike breakfasts and cycle training sessions. Sneinton Primary School appointed a school travel champion to bring about the changes needed to get the school community to choose to travel in more active and sustainable ways.
Headteacher Kelly Lee, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the efforts of our staff, students and parents are being recognised with this national award, we’ve worked with the Sustrans School Officer for just over a year now and we are definitely seeing the benefits – staff and students love getting involved.”
Nottingham Cycling Champion Councillor Jane Urquhart said: “It’s an honour to present this award to Sneinton Primary school. My role as the Council’s Cycling Champion is to encourage more people to choose cycling as their preferred way to travel. Promoting sustainable travel in our schools is the best way to influence the next generation to make healthier and sustainable travel choices.”
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport at Nottingham City Council, added: “The City Council is investing £6.1million to make Nottingham a city for cyclists. The achievement of the Sneinton Primary School, its pupils and wider community is tremendous and shows that there is a real enthusiasm for people to get on their bikes and give cycling a go. It is a healthy and green way to travel that is great fun too.”