St Mary’s School STARS

A Beverley primary school has won the regional round of an event celebrating schools that encourage greener and healthier ways of travel.

St Mary’s School was named the Yorkshire and Humber primary school of the year at the Modeshift STARS. With this year’s regional event held in Leeds.

The school, which has now progressed to the national awards, will travel to London in March next year. St Mary’s will face off against over 13,000 schools from around the UK to try and become the national winners.

Modeshift STARS

Modeshift STARS is a national travel award designed to give recognition to schools making a real effort in promotion sustainable and healthier ways of travelling. STARS stands for “Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools”.

Over 13,000 schools have signed up to the scheme and schools are able to attain levels of award from Bronze to Gold.

St Mary’s School is the first school in the East Riding to achieve the Gold STARS accreditation.

Response To The News

Wendy Copley, who is the school’s Road Safety Champion, was praised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Road Safety Team for showing enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the project.

Wendy said that:

Our school has had a road safety team for over 10 years now, so to win this award is fantastic.  Road safety is part of our every day school life and is truly embedded in the school fabric.

Councillor John Barrett, the council’s portfolio holder for operational services, said:

I would like to congratulate staff and pupils at St Mary’s Primary School for their success in being named as regional award winners for this very worthwhile scheme.

We all know that walking or cycling is good for your health and better for the environment than jumping into a car.  The awards are a welcome recognition of the effectiveness of persuading pupils to choose greener and healthier ways of getting to and from school.