Castle Lower School pupils lead the way in road safety

Castle Lower School, Bedford is a Star School in the Brake campaign.

Castle Lower School, Bedford is a Star School in the Brake campaign.

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Pupils at a Bedford school are urging others to join a campaign promoting the benefits of walking to school and improving road safety.

Castle Lower School has been recognised as a Star School for Brake, the road safety charity, which is now asking the community to register for the Giant Walk.

The annual event, held on June 10 next year, sees thousands of children learning about road safety in their classroom, promoting the benefits of safe walking and cycling to school, and walking for safer roads in their community.

Castle Lower pupils won praise for their efforts in promoting road safety to children, parents and in the wider community and have already signed up for the event.

Elaine Stead, a teacher at Castle Lower, said: “We were thrilled to be named as one of Brake’s 2014 Star Schools. We use this fantastic event to promote road safety to children, parents and local drivers. It provides an opportunity for the children to get involved in learning about the benefits of walking and cycling to school, the dangers of traffic and why it’s important for drivers to slow down around schools.

“Brake provides support and resources to help schools to run great lessons on road safety. Their support meant we were able to organise and run a fun walk around the school, which included children designing their own posters and banners to call for safer roads. We’d definitely encourage other schools to register now to take part in Brake’s Giant Walk in 2015.”

Brake’s Giant Walk involves children across the UK taking part in a walk from their school gates to call for safer roads around their school and to promote safe walking and cycling. The event is a great focal point for schools to teach road safety in class using resources and advice from Brake – road safety can be used to teach lessons on a range of subjects.

Schools can use their walk to call on drivers to slow down in their community or call for other local road safety measures to protect children on foot and bike. It also raises funds for Brake’s work to improve road safety and care for families devastated by a death or injury on roads, because most schools fundraise on the day.

Primary schools can register now at www.brake.org.uk/giantwalk or call 01484 550061. Every school that takes part receives a free bumper pack of resources, including a banner, posters, stickers and certificates, to help them run their walk and promote road safety on the day and year round.

Thisi year 90 children from Castle Lower School took part in the walk to call for safer roads in their community.

The school held road safety talks in class, ran roleplaying activities with road crossings in their playground, and baked traffic light biscuits. The school also raised £547.55 to support Brake’s campaigns for safer roads and to support bereaved and injured victims of road crashes.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, says: “We are delighted to recognise Castle Lower School as one of our Star Schools from 2014. Brake’s Giant Walk is a great way for schools to call for safer roads in their community for children to be able to walk or cycle without fear or threat from traffic. Every year, as part of this great event, schools use resources and support from Brake to run fantastic lessons across a variety of subjects around the theme of road safety and active travel.

“It’s a chance to teach children about road safety and why walking is healthy and eco-friendly, and also to call on local drivers to make a big difference by slowing down to protect children on foot and bike. We’re urging schools to sign up now to take full advantage of the resources and support Brake offers to help schools get involved.”