Jun 18 2014

St John Fisher’s Park & Stride – A “super way” to get fit

conservative_logoDear Editor,

As both a Headstone North councillor and a Governor of the school, I write to offer my hearty congratulations to St John Fisher for being awarded a Gold award under Transport for London’s STARS sustainable travel project – for their fantastic contribution to Walk to School week. Their Walking Bus scheme had 70 pupils walking with their teachers to and from the nearby Cambridge Road car park, at pick-up and drop-off time.

I also know how hard the teachers and children have worked over many months to achieve their ‘Park and Stride’ initiative, and the School Council’s enthusiasm to design permits must be highlighted as second to none. Now parents are taking part in Park & Stride, designed to make walking fun and get cars away from the school gates and nearby roads.

As a councillor we are always looking at finding new ways to reduce car use, especially with the school expansion programme in the borough potentially leading to even more cars doing the school run. And of course walking to school is also a super way get some exercise and to stay fit and healthy.

St John Fisher has one of the best records in London for persuading parents to leave their cars at home; so once again, many congratulations to all parents, children and teachers involved!


Cllr. Janet Mote

Headstone North Ward (Conservative)

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1 comment

  1. Amanda Woollams

    This is just for one week a year and therefore does very little to help the traffic and cars parked near the school gates. As a parent and resident who is opposed to the expansion plan feel that if the school could only get 70 kids out of the whole school on a walk to school week to take this up what would happen if this is rolled out every day numbers will drop, especially on dark winters afternoons so if you think this is going to help when another 210 kids are in school, I seriously think you should think again. As a parent of the school I think the governors are very mid informed about parents being for this, I did a poll of 60 parents two weeks ago and 58 were against and 2 unsure, this is the feeling of the parents and we are not having our voices heard

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