Wheelie good: Goldington Green Academy receives silver accreditation for active travel

Caroline Skingsley, headteacher at Goldington Green Academy (GGA) with Jade Harrison, active travel coordinator and PSHE lead at GGA, receiving their accreditation

After three years of hard work, Goldington Green Academy have been awarded a silver accreditation from Modeshift Stars for encouraging cycling, walking and scooting among their pupils.

Modeshift Stars is a scheme recognising organisations that have shown excellence in promoting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

To receive a silver accreditation, schools must complete at least 20 travel initiatives, 10 supporting initiatives and seven consultations, alongside forming an in-school working group focused on sustainable travel.

Goldington Green Academy is the only school in Bedford Borough that currently has a silver accreditation and is now aiming to follow in the footsteps of Shortstown Primary School, which have received the gold accreditation.

To support the school’s endeavours, Bedford Borough Council’s Sustainable Transport team have provided them with additional resources, including Dr. Bikes’ mobile repairs, scooter and balance bike loans, and school assemblies.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “The Modeshift Stars scheme has been a great way for local schools and businesses to show how important sustainable travel is to them.

“Goldington Green Academy have demonstrated a considerable effort and commitment to bringing healthier and more sustainable travel options to their community.”

Caroline Skingsley, Head Teacher at Goldington Green Academy, said, “Physical and mental health has always been important at Goldington Green Academy and even more so during the difficult times we have faced with the pandemic.”

Other schools are encouraged to follow Goldington Green Academy’s example and work with the Council to get accreditation through the Modeshift Stars scheme. To find out more, email sustainable.transport@bedford.gov.uk.

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