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16 May 2016

Families set to step out on the school run


Families across Cumbria will be leaving their cars at home to take part in Walk to School Week, which runs from 16-20 May.

A total of 63 schools - more than 10,000 pupils - in the county are taking part in this year’s national campaign, which encourages pupils and parents to go to school by foot, reducing the number of cars on the road.

A similar number of schools in Cumbria signed up for last year’s event, which saw thousands of children and their families walking to school saving around 15,000 car journeys during the week.

Cumbria County Council is again supporting Walk to School Week and participating schools will receive classroom information packs promoting active travel to school.

Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for schools, said: “Walking to school brings many benefits - it’s good for your health and the environment, and it also means children arrive in the classroom feeling fresh, alert and ready to learn. Even by just walking part of the journey to school is a great way for children, and their families, to keep fit and enjoy the fresh air. It’s pleasing so many schools are again taking part this year, encouraging pupils to come to school either by walking, cycling or scooting.”

Walk to School Week is run nationally by Living Streets, a charity which campaigns on behalf of pedestrians and encourages more people to take up walking.

Nationally, one in five cars on the road in the morning rush hour is on the school run. Leaving the car at home, and choosing to walk all or part of your journey means less congestion, healthier children and less stress at the school gates.



Schools taking part in Walk to School Week include:

Allerdale: Allonby Primary; Ashfield Infant; Beckstone Primary; Boltons CofE Primary; Broughton Moor Primary; Ewanrigg Junior, Maryport; Maryport Infant; Netherton Infant; St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Workington; Victoria Junior, Workington; Wigton Infant.

Barrow: Chapel Street Infant & Nursery; Dane Ghyll Primary; Newbarns Primary & Nursery; Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary; South Walney Infant & Nursery; St James’ CE Junior; St Paul’s, Vickerstown.

Carlisle: Cummersdale; Great Corby; High Hesket; Houghton CE; Inglewood Infant; Kingmoor Nursery & Infant; Kingmoor Junior; Longtown Primary; Newlaithes Infant; Raughton Head CofE Primary; Upperby Primary; Warwick Bridge; Yewdale.

Copeland: Bookwell Primary; Millom Infant; Seascale Primary; St Bridget’s CE, Parton; St Bridget’s Primary, Egremont; St James CE Infant, Whitehaven; St James CE Junior, Whitehaven; Thornhill Primary.

Eden: Appleby Primary; Brunswick; Kirkby Stephen Primary; Lazonby; Orton; Patterdale CE; Penruddock Primary; Plumpton.

South Lakeland: Arnside Primary; Castle Park, Kendal; Coniston Junior; Croftlands Junior, Ulverston; Grange CE Primary; Heron Hill, Kendal; Penny Bridge; Selside; St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary, Windermere; St Martin’s & St Mary CE Primary, Windermere; St Mary’s CE Primary, Kirkby Lonsdale; St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Ulverston; St Oswald’s CE Primary.

Families across Cumbria will be leaving their cars at home to take part in Walk to School Week, which runs from 16-20 May.