School Travel Plan
Blair Peach is a Gold “STARS” School!
STARS – Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe
STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.
STARS supports pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.
The average journey to school is less than one kilometre, that's around a 10-minute walk. However, many of these journeys are made by car leading to congestion and an unsafe and polluted environment for us all. By swapping car journeys for active travel, together STARS schools can make a real difference to our city and support the Mayor's vision for Healthy Streets.
Be part of the solution
Since the accreditation scheme started in 2007, STARS schools' pupils, parents/carers and staff have replaced over 22 million kilometres of car journeys with active travel! That's an incredible step towards a healthier, less congested London.
As a STARS school you can expect to see an average 6% reduction in the number of trips made by car to your school; gold and silver accredited schools can see up to 12% reduction
We have Junior travel ambassadors in our school (JTA’s)
The Junior Travel Ambassador (JTA) scheme encourages peer-to-peer engagement and will give you and your school all the resources and guidance you need to promote safer, active and independent travel within the school community. It's a fun and engaging way to spread important messages and build skills for life.
A JTA is responsible for promoting active travel, walking, cycling or scooting, and road safety. As teams within their school community they also promote independent travel to their peers as they prepare for the transition from primary to secondary school.
As part of the promotion, JTAs could consider running the following:
- Carrying out assemblies
- Conducting surveys and classroom talks
- Classroom talks
- Helping to complete the school travel plan
- Learning how to use our TfL Go app and Journey Planner
- Running competitions
What’s on this term?
It is hard to keep motivated to use active travel on the school journey when it is really cold outside. Use these ideas to help keep families healthy by walking and cycling.
Winter Walk - You could organise an Enormous Walking Bus to encourage families to walk to school. This has been very successful at a number of Ealing schools over recent years and are not difficult to organise
Valentine’s Day ‘Love your heart’ active travel day Valentine’s Day falls in half term. You could organise events and assembly to promote the health benefits of active travel in the week before half term or set some homework for the children over the half term break.
Date: 14th February
March in March - A month to promote walking despite inclement weather. Remember: ‘There no such thing as bad weather only unsuitable clothing.’ Alfred Wainwright. Incentives to walk, such as own clothes day, getting to use chairs in assembly don’t cost anything but can be very motivational. 😊
World Book Day We know you are already doing this – add an active travel twist by promoting books about active travel using our Active Travel booklist. We will send an updated active travel booklist later this term.
Date: 2nd March
British Science week - Why not do a lesson on gears and ratios in relation to a bicycle?
Date: 10th March – 19th March
Here is a copy of our School Cycle Policy that parents need to read and sign if you want your child to bring in their bike to school.
Cycle Training for Years 5 and 6 coming soon
Scooter Training for all children who ‘scoot’ to school coming soon