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School travel plan case studies


Many County Durham schools have achieved a reduction in the number of pupils travelling by car. This has been achieved through innovative ideas, creative campaigns and fun initiatives.

The overview page gives several brief case study examples, while the specific school examples below give more detailed information on projects and initiatives.

Please contact us for more information on these case studies.

Butterknowle Primary School - walking bus in a rural village

This is an example of a successful campaign developed by a rural school. The school's Butterknowle Walking Bus operates twice each morning, in time to arrive for breakfast club and then for the start of the school day.

Walking bus at Byers Green Primary School

An example of a very successful Walking Bus at Byers Green which includes over 40 children. The walking bus has significantly reduced the number of cars outside school.

Newker Primary School - Best Foot Forward Fortnight

The Best Foot Forward Fortnight campaign was developed and launched one January to encourage children and parents to make New Year's resolutions to walk to school. This was followed up with the launch of two walking buses which now operate every Tuesday and Thursday.

Park View Comprehensive School and Chester-le-Street CE Junior School - transition cycle ride for year 6

A cycle ride to the local comprehensive school was organised to inform pupils that the old railway line is now a cycle path. Year 6 pupils were encouraged to think about cycling to their future secondary school, using the route demonstrated in the ride.

Shield Row Primary School - five minute walking zone

An example of how a five minute Walking Zone can increase the number of pupils travelling to school on foot. Following the successful promotion of the zone by Year 5, the class were asked to represent County Durham in an inter-county debate to encourage and persuade others to walk to school.

South Stanley Infant School - WOW campaign

This school developed a WOW campaign, also known as a Walk Once a Week campaign, complete with golden wellington boot trophy to reward the class with the most walkers each week. A special festive edition of the wellington was produced for Christmas, along with a banner which is put on the school fencing on a Tuesday night to remind children that the following day is Walk on Wednesday!

The Chorister School - walking train

An example of a project completed by an independent school to reduce traffic congestion in Durham City. The Walking Train (known by some as a Walking Bus) operates every day and rewards are given for participation.  The school celebrated their achievements with a local historian who explained the history behind what the children were seeing on their journey every day

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