Pupils from Kempston Rural Lower School have joined with thousands of children from across the UK - and over 40 countries worldwide - to celebrate International Walk to School Month.
The school has teamed up with local housebuilder Barratt Homes Northampton, which is supporting the campaign for the fifth year in a row by donating hi-visibilty bag tags for the pupils to wear.
Despite the average distance to a pupil’s primary school being one mile, around half of schoolchildren do not walk to school regularly, with an enormous 41 per cent driven to school in cars.
Andrew Swindell, MD for Barratt Homes Northampton said: “Our Orchid Fields development is located near to Kempston Rural Lower School, so as families move in it makes perfect sense for us to support International Walk to School Month.
“By offering pupils at Kempston Rural Lower School a helping hand and donating hi-visibility bag tags to their pupils, they should be encouraged to walk to school and can stay safe as the clocks change and the dark nights draw in.”
It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and so walking to school is the ideal time for children to be active. Studies show that walking to school reduces stress in children, and simply walking one mile a day was found to curb increases in blood pressure and heart rate in later life.
Studies have also revealed that 90 per cent of parents who walk to school with their children think it’s a great way to spend quality time with them and over a third stated that the journey to and from school is when they find out most about their child’s day.
Angela Stanbridge, head teacher at Kempston Rural Lower School said: “We believe walking to school is important and try to encourage as many of our pupils as possible to walk to school in a safe and sensible fashion. It is great to see a developer support such a valuable initiative and we really appreciate the donation of fluorescent bag tags from Barratt Homes.”