Pupils from Cotgrave Church of England Primary School in Cotgrave celebrated International Walk to School Month in style thanks to a donation of high visibility clips from Barratt Homes.
The school teamed up with local housebuilder Barratt Homes North Midlands, which supported the campaign by donating hi-visibility equipment for all the pupils to wear on their way to and from school.
As the nights start getting darker, the awareness month aimed to encourage pupils to carry on walking to school but to wear high visibility equipment to ensure they are safe and seen.
Mrs Jenny Grant, Senior Teacher at Cotgrave Church of England Primary School, said: “At our school we feel it is important to encourage our pupils to walk to school, staying fit and active.”
“As the evenings draw in it is important for our school to ensure that pupils stay safe and are seen when arriving and leaving school. The clips that have been donated to us from Barratt Homes North Midlands are a fantastic way to keep them visible.”
The most recent results of the annual National Travel Survey 2015 showed the number of children walking to primary school is currently at the lowest figure ever. Despite the average distance between a pupil’s home and primary school being just one mile, the survey revealed only 48% of children walk there on a regular basis. The survey also discovered 70% of the children’s parents claimed they regularly walked to school as children.
Mark Cotes, Operations Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “Our development Hollygate Park is located very close to the primary school, so as families move in to their new homes it made perfect sense for us to support Walk to School Month and the pupils at the school as the nights get darker.
“We wanted to support this local primary school by donating the high visibility clips to keep pupils safe and seen and encourage them to walk to school even as the nights draw in.
“Here at Barratt Homes North Midlands we believe that building communities and support local schools is extremely important and we hope the pupils in this instance will enjoy our donation.”