School launches new park and stride initiative

Pupils at a borough school are putting their best foot forward as part of an initiative to help keep active.

Youngsters at Bailey Green Primary School, in Killingworth, are being encouraged to walk part of the way to school.

It has been a great opportunity to get the whole school involved.

Victoria Nixon

The school has worked with Go Smarter to launch its own ‘Park and Stride’ scheme.

Russell Cave, from Living Streets, which is delivering the project on behalf of Go Smarter, said: “Instead of driving all the way to school, parents can now park at the Morrisons supermarket at the Killingworth Centre and walk the rest of the way to school.”

The first pupils to take part in the scheme were greeted at the school gates by Strider, the Living Streets mascot.

Teacher Victoria Nixon said: “We are a healthy school and we love trying new ideas to enhance this. It has been a great opportunity to get the whole school involved.”

Students and their parents are provided with a map showing the best walking route to the school, complete with crossing points.

Russell added: “We’re really grateful to Morrison’s supermarket for supporting the scheme and I hope that we’ll see lots of families walking to school together this term.”

Information about green and healthy ways of travelling to school and work can be found at www.gosmarter.co.uk