Walking to school is a healthy thing to do – and it’s good for the environment too – so we’d like to encourage our children and their parents to leave their cars at home (or park 5 minutes walk from the school) and stroll, amble, stride or strut to and from school as much as possible!
We also want to encourage safe use of the pavements and roads for both pedestrians and drivers.
To help achieve this, our school is part of Walsall Council’s A*STARS (Active Sustainable Travel and Road Safety) programme.
The A*STARS programme is a series of walking, cycling, scooting and road safety initiatives, along with training, expertise and support that is given to schools to help them to develop and promote safer, healthier lifestyle choices for all.1
To learn more about travelling to school in a safer, healthier way, see the A*STARS’ webpages for parents: www.astarswalsall.co.uk/intermediate-level/parents. The following pages are perhaps of particular interest:
You can also click the image below to be taken to Barcroft’s A*STARS webpage to see what’s happening in our school:
If you would like to start walking to and from school, you could use walkit.com or Google Maps to plan the best route (if you’re using Google Maps, remember to select the walking option after you’ve been given your directions).
Additionally, follow the “Road Safety” link below to learn more about being safe on the roads.
1. From the A*STARS website: astarswalsall.co.uk/what-is-astars
Please take a look at the 'Tales of the Road' link, its a great reminder for your children on the rules of the road. The information in the leaflet is invaluable and it could save a life!
Click here for 'Tales of the Road' - THINK!
Every year Recognition Express invite school children from all across the UK to enter their competition to design a road safety banner for the November BRAKE Road Safety Week. They receive thousands of entries but only have one winner for each Recognition Express region.
At Barcroft Primary School we understand the importance of road safety and educated on the subject. In October, we entered our Year 5 & 6 children into the 'Design a Safety Banner' competition with Recognition Express in the hop of having a winner. The judges looked at many entries but decided that Miya from Year 5 stood out and should be the winner of the Wolverhampton region!
Barcroft Primary School received a full-sized banner of Miya's design to display at the front of our school which will help keep our children safe. Miya also received a trophy and a personalised letter from Recognition Express with their congratulations at a presentation meeting with Barcroft's head teacher, Mrs Johl. As a school, we are over joyed with Miya's achievements and will always strive to develop happy, well-rounded confident individuals who achieve their potential as a result of wealth of experiences. We are extremely proud of you Miya.