Hessle Penshurst primary reaches to the highest STARS

Fri, 16 Jul 2021

Hessle Penshurst primary school is one of the first primary schools in the country to be awarded the highest Modeshift STARS Platinum accreditation, which recognises excellence in promoting safe, sustainable travel.

Over the years, the school has work tirelessly to promote, campaign and engage with its pupils and families to travel to school in a safer, more active and sustainable way. In the process, writhing up effective travel plans year after year and working through the accreditation process from bronze through to gold - and now achieving platinum!

Since 2016, the school has seen an impressive overall 15% reduction on car journeys to the school and an average increase of ­­­­­8% across both cycling and walking.

Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing at the council, said: "Being awarded platinum is true recognition from Modeshift on the fantastic work the school has done. We are extremely proud of what the school has achieved as well as being the first in the East Riding to be awarded this highest level of accreditation."

Jo Spencer, headteacher at Hessle Penshurst primary, added: "We are over the moon to have been awarded the STARS platinum award. Staff and pupils work so hard to maintain healthy lifestyles including travel plans to get to school. Mrs Smith in particular has been passionate in her quest to educate our young people and community on safe travel including supporting the Brakes charity and recently obtaining the Healthy Schools award."