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Bexley schools win walk to school contest

PUBLISHED: 17:22 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 03 May 2018

Isabelle, front, with Fortitude Class, Buster Bug, and Mark Bunting at Hook Lane Primary School. Picture: School Inspirational Services

Isabelle, front, with Fortitude Class, Buster Bug, and Mark Bunting at Hook Lane Primary School. Picture: School Inspirational Services

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Bexley youngsters have been rewarded for putting their best feet forward and being named top in the district for green travel.

Siobhan Brook, eco co-ordinator at Longlands Primary School, celebrates Lichtenstein Class's win. Picture: School Inspirational ServicesSiobhan Brook, eco co-ordinator at Longlands Primary School, celebrates Lichtenstein Class's win. Picture: School Inspirational Services

Hook Lane Primary School and Longlands Primary were the Bexley winners of the walk to school competitions, staged by the children’s charity School Inspirational Services.

They are signed up to the charity’s Green Footsteps scheme, which motivates pupils and their families to swap school-run car journeys for walking or cycling to school.

Classes compete each week within their schools to be awarded the Green Class of the Week Trophy.

A monthly inter-school green travel challenge awards winning classes tickets to leisure attractions or visits by storytellers.

Pupils in the aptly named Fortitude Class at Hook Lane, Faraday Road, Welling, had the most impressive number of green journeys for the Planet Ice walk to school contest, and as a result scooped tickets to the skating rink, formerly known as Silver Blades, as their reward.

Lichtenstein Class at Longlands Primary, Woodside Road, Sidcup, won the walk to school challenge day run in conjunction with Leeds Castle.

tThe children clinched annual passes to the attraction which is known as “the loveliest castle in the world”.

The children received their castle tickets at a special school assembly attended by Mark Bunting, team leader for Road Safety at the London Borough of Bexley, and walk to school mascot Buster Bug.

In the last academic year, more than 318,000 school-run car journeys were removed from roads in the south east thanks to schools and families participating in green travel run by School Inspirational Services.

Organisations backing the charity’s walk to school work include Orbit Housing Association, Specsavers, Volker Highways, and Eurostar.

Currently adopted by hundreds of schools across Kent, the scheme is now making great strides in Bexley.

Other participating schools in the area include Bedonwell Infants and Juniors, Willow Bank Primary, East Wickham Primary Academy, Crook Log Primary, St Stephen’s Catholic Primary, Belmont Primary, Gravel Hill Primary, and Northumberland Heath Primary.

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