A SCHOOL walking bus scheme has celebrated its first birthday.
St Saviour’s Primary marked the occasion by awarding the children who are part of the initiative a party bag full of goodies.
The scheme started out with three adults and four children setting off from the old Sutton Way pub. It has now grown to 19 volunteers and 47 children in the space of 12 months.
It receives sponsorship from Carillion and Urenco along with support from school and council staff, parents, friends and pupils.
St Saviour’s was recently awarded an Airwatch Recognition’ award due to the walking bus helping to reduce congestion and pollution outside school and surrounding area.
Acting headteacher John Gilbert said: “We are delighted to celebrate the first year of the walking bus. The children have enjoyed chatting with their friends on their way to school and always arrive ready to learn.
“The walking bus complements the work carried out within the school for the Healthy Schools Initiative and Safer Journeys to School Project.
“Carillion and Urenco have been excellent sponsors of the walking bus and have strengthened community and business links.”
Emma Miller, travel advisor for the school travel team, added: “St Saviour’s Primary School’s walking bus can only be described as a resounding success. It is fantastic to see so many children join in and it is certainly a great way of keeping the area outside the school safer for everyone.
“It is thanks to the hard work of the operators and the enthusiasm of the children involved that the St Saviour’s walking bus is continuing to do so well.”
Kevin Lucas from Carillion added: “It has been a pleasure supporting such a worthwhile scheme. The parents involved are committed to the health and safety of the children.”