Goldington Green Academy achieves silver accreditation for promoting sustainable travel

The accreditation has been awarded through Modeshift Stars

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 2:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 2:48 pm

Goldington Green Academy in Bedford is celebrating after becoming the only school in the borough to have a silver accreditation for active travel.

Over the last three years the school has worked hard to promote active travel - such as walking and cycling - to its pupils and parents and have now been awarded a silver accreditation through Modeshift Stars for their efforts.

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

Caroline Skingsley, Headteacher at Goldington Green Academy, and Jade Harrison, Active Travel Coordinator and PSHE lead

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.

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.”

To support the school, 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.”