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Ryhall Academy up for national award for work in Rutland County Council's green school run scheme




Ryhall Academy is in the running for a national award for their work in a countywide project to make the school run more green.

A total of 10 Rutland schools are working with the Sustainable and Active Travel project which challenges pupils, staff and parents to improve their travel habits.

Ryhall Academy’s hard work has earned a nomination for the Bronze Sustainable Travel award which champions green travel initiatives.

St Nicholas School Year 6 pupil Max Rumble finds a green way to get to school. Photo: PWLC Projects
St Nicholas School Year 6 pupil Max Rumble finds a green way to get to school. Photo: PWLC Projects

Pupils have taken part in a range of activities, including scooter training and parking campaigns as well as The Big Pedal, an inter-school challenge run by UK walking and cycling charity Sustrans.

Headteacher Katy Walker said it had helped them tackle ongoing issues such as reducing parking outside the school.

“We celebrate the changes that pupils and parents make and make sure it’s talked about at the school gates,” she said.

Bikeability training at Ryhall CE Academy. Photo: PWLC Projects
Bikeability training at Ryhall CE Academy. Photo: PWLC Projects

“Everyone has been brilliant in coming up with new things we can try.”

St Nicholas Primary School, in Cottesmore, arranged for parents to park at the village hall and walk the rest of the way to the school gates.

“A number of our families now do this every day and we’ve also seen a reduction in the number of cars parking along our school lane,” said headteacher Daniel Alfrieri.

Pupils sharpen their skills with scooter racing at Ryhall CE Academy. Photo: PWLC Projects
Pupils sharpen their skills with scooter racing at Ryhall CE Academy. Photo: PWLC Projects

“That reduction in traffic has made drop-off and collection times much calmer and safer, and our children are also much more focused when they arrive in the classrooms.”

Other schools taking part are Exton, Ketton, North Luffenham, Cottesmore, Catmose, Langham, Uppingham Primary, and Uppingham Community College.

Rutland County Council is working on the scheme with PWLC Projects and is inviting every school in the county to join up by the end of the school year.

As well as tackling air pollution and congestion, the initiative is helping to offset the effects of the pandemic on children’s mental and physical wellbeing.

Fiona Fisher, active travel officer for PWLC Projects, said: “It has been brilliant to see how proactive everyone has been in thinking up exciting, new activities.

“They complement existing initiatives such as their Bikeability training, the road safety quiz we do and the children regularly doing a Daily Mile by walking or running around the school site.”



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