Best foot forward to St James’ Park

Sixth form students from Beacon Hill school enjoy their treat of a visit to St James' Park, home of Newcastle United.

Sixth form students from Beacon Hill school enjoy their treat of a visit to St James' Park, home of Newcastle United.

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STUDENTS who put their best foot forward to take part in a walk to school initiative have been rewarded with a trip to one of the country’s top football grounds.

Sixth form pupils at Beacon Hill School celebrated the one year anniversary of the Walk once a Week (WoW) initiative with a visit to St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United.

The WoW scheme is being delivered in the north east by UK charity Living Streets, as part of ‘Schools Go Smarter’ – a Department for Transport funded initiative promoting travelling to school in more sustainable ways.

Pupils are challenged to walk to school as much as possible, with those who travel by foot at least four times a month receiving a WoW collectable badge.

Beacon Hill Sixth Form recently joined the WoW Plus scheme, which helps young people who want to walk to school but need extra support to do so.

The youngsters were joined on the tour of St James’ by children from Wellfield Middle School and Redesdale, New York, Star of the Sea and Hadrian Park primary schools, together with other young people from across the region.

During the event, they took part in games and quizzes about walking to school and joined in with healthy eating-themed activities.

As well as taking part in the initiative, Beacon Hill is launching a lunchtime walking club and taking part in sponsored walks.

Beacon Hill School is also about to receive three recycled Balance Bikes, which are pedal-free and help to get children into the cycling habit, from the local authority with support from Schools Go Smarter.