Pupils win contest for ‘greener’ transport

Some of the winning team from John Spence Community School.
Some of the winning team from John Spence Community School.

Pupils won a sustainable travel competition after being encouraged to use greener and healthier modes of transport.

John Spence Community School, in North Shields, took first place in the contest organised by Go Smarter, Tyne and Wear’s sustainable programme.

Students from Year 7 to 9 travelled more miles under their own power – including walking, cycling and scooters – than the other competing schools to win £1,000 for their school.

Adam Pilkington, from John Spence Community School, said: “We are extremely proud to have taken on the Go the Extra Mile Challenge.

“At John Spence we have a large number of students who regularly travel to school in a healthy and economic way. We are proud of our bustling bike sheds and our current cycling developments.

“This was a real team event and the money will be gratefully received to further enhance the opportunities for pupils, staff and community.”

Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member for economic development, said: “Congratulations to the team at John Spence School on achieving this standard and winning the top prize.

“This is an excellent reward for their hard work and commitment to encourage safer and sustainable travel for school journeys in the borough.

“The council works with schools to develop plans, which set out a number of practical ways to reduce the number of car trips made to and from school, to encourage more walking and cycling and to improve safety on the school journey.

“I hope that the students enjoyed taking part in the challenge and that they’ll use more sustainable and green transport in the future.”

Go Smarter works to help people get to and from school and work in ways that are cheaper, better for the environment, and healthier.

The Go Smarter Journey Planner is fun and easy to use and can be found on the Go Smarter website, www.gosmarter.co.uk