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National transport award
A Yorkshire school has earned a national accolade for its innovative approach to sustainable travel at a celebration event recognising the best in school transport across England.
The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) won the National STARS Secondary School of the Year award, in recognition of a 9% reduction in car use following the introduction of their in-house bus service that transports pupils within a 30 mile radius of the school.
The national awards are the highest accolade in the Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) scheme, established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable school travel.
GSAL’s innovative approach includes creating GSAL Transport Limited to run the school bus service and provide affordable reliable transport to other local schools. The service has proved popular with pupils, who
got enthusiastically on board when invited to give each bus a name in a fun competition.
Shirley Jeffs, of GSAL’s transport team, said: “It’s a real honour to be presented with this award, which recognises the commitment from our pupils, their families and our staff in creating a culture of sustainable travel. Getting our pupils engaged is key and we are proud to offer them a bus service where they feel welcome and safe, and support them in choosing other sustainable transport options wherever possible.”
Pictured: Paul Womersley, GSAL director of estates;m Shirley Jeffs, GSAL Transport; and pupils
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