School handed award for its cycling success

Sustrans presentation to the Christ Church Primary School for promoting cycling and seen with pupils are Teacher Dan Heron who runs the school bike club, Head Teacher Gill Taylor (back centre) and Lucy Fenwick-Sustrans'Bike It' Officer.'REF 0310130872
Sustrans presentation to the Christ Church Primary School for promoting cycling and seen with pupils are Teacher Dan Heron who runs the school bike club, Head Teacher Gill Taylor (back centre) and Lucy Fenwick-Sustrans'Bike It' Officer.'REF 0310130872

A school in North Shields has been recognised for its outstanding commitment to cycling.

Christ Church Primary School is the first in the borough to be awarded a Sustrans Bronze School Mark.

The organisation’s Bike It officer Lucy Fenwick presented the award to congratulate children, parents and teachers for their efforts in increasing pupils’ cycling levels by transforming their journey to and from school.

Sustrans works with 21 schools in the area in partnership with GoSmarter to help children overcome the barriers preventing them cycling to and from school.

Activities at the primary school have included healthy bike breakfasts, a regular bike club, skills / safety sessions and led rides, as well as camping expedition and ride at Kielder Water.

Lucy said: “It has been fantastic to see the school do so much to help their children cycle confidently and safely.

“Parents at the school are particularly supportive.

“Cycling is good for students’ health, confidence and independence and it makes them better learners in the classroom too.”

“Cycling levels have increased dramatically, so much the school has installed extra parking facilities for bikes.”