Four pupils stand with bikes, wearing high viz vests. Stand either side of the Knowsley Primary School sign outside the school building.

Malvern Primary is Knowsley’s First Modeshift STAR

Malvern Primary School in Huyton has become the first school in Knowsley to achieve ‘Approved’ Accreditation in the Modeshift STARS scheme.

The accreditation recognises the school’s commitment to promoting walking, cycling and other forms of active travel to and from school.

For many years, Malvern Primary has embraced Knowsley’s road safety and active travel education and training programme and put in place other initiatives to promote cycling and walking.

As part of their commitment to the Modeshift scheme, the school set up additional activities, including a one-off ‘Biker’s Breakfast’ for children who cycled to school, Dr Bike MOT sessions and Bikeability training. These initiatives have all helped to increase the number of children cycling to and from school.

Malvern Primary has also registered as a WOW (Walk Once a Week) school. Children can record how they travel to school every day using an interactive tracker and can earn themselves a badge if they travel in a sustainable way.

Approved Accreditation is the first level of accreditation in the Modeshift STARS scheme and once this level is achieved, schools can progress on to Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding by delivering more active travel promotion and schemes.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:

“It’s great to see local schools encouraging their pupils to travel actively to and from school. Walking and cycling can benefit both physical and mental health as well as being better for the environment and local residents.

This is a brilliant achievement for Malvern, and I wish them success in achieving Bronze accreditation and more in the future.

I would also urge other schools to sign up to Modeshift and encourage their pupils, parents and staff to travel to school in a more sustainable way.”

For the full article visit: Malvern Primary is Knowsley’s First Modeshift Star! – Knowsley News

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