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Bexley schools awarded after joining Mayor’s health drive

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 June 2014

Oakwood students on their independent travel training programme.

Oakwood students on their independent travel training programme.

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More than 1,000 schools have signed up to the Mayor of London’s Healthy Schools London programme.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor hosted an award ceremony at City Hall on June 9 to recognise the efforts of those involved in the programme, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils by encouraging them to eat more healthily and be more active.

Hillsgrove Primary School, Bexley, was given a Silver award and 11 other schools in Bexley including Burnt Oak Junior School and Oakwood Secondary School received Bronze awards.

Oakwood school, Woodside Road, Bexleyheath, began an independent travel to school initiative, a six week programme which involves pupils being supported to become independent travellers to school from home.

Students who previously took a minibus or taxi into school are shown how to cross roads safely and put this into practice by learning how to travel by bus from their homes, saving the borough substanital amounts of money in reduced taxi fares.

Deputy Mayor Victoria Borwick said: “It is great that so many London schools are involved with this excellent programme. I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of the schools and have seen first-hand the brilliant work that’s being done to educate children about healthier living.”

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