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Car-free pupils help earn award

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

TRAVEL EFFORT: Gemma Dunn, of Sustrans, with Pondhu primary school head teacher, Debbie Tregellas, and highly visible Pondhu pupils, awards the school the School Mark for excellence in sustainable travel.

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A ST AUSTELL school is 'wheelie' happy after becoming the first in the town to receive an award for encouraging children to take more sustainable travel.

Pondhu School was presented with the Sustrans School Mark, for excellence in sustainable travel.

Head teacher Debbie Tregellas said everyone at the school was delighted with the award, which acknowledges the efforts the school has made to ditch the car and encourage children and their parents to take more active steps to get to and from school.

"We are very proud to be the first school in St Austell to achieve this.

"It has been a real team effort from parents, governors and the children, of course, to become more aware about getting to school in a more active way," she said.

The children have walked, cycled and even used their scooters to travel into school while embracing the 'be seen' message and wearing bright colours.

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  • josdave  |  February 05 2014, 12:19PM

    Great to see kids learning what their legs are for. Pity more schools don't do the same. At the school near us, Sandy Hill, parents park their cars up to two hours before opening time to book their places. This is laziness in the extreme. When my daughters were in primary school one of the pupils was taken by car from his house about half a mile away if that far. The school run is not only a traffic hazard it can also be dangerous for the children if the lazy parents only realised that.

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