From a field of more than 50 participating Bromley primary schools, Wickham Common primary school have been crowned Junior Travel Ambassador (JTA )Top Team.
Wickham Common’s Junior Travel Ambassador work was recognised in the council’s annual awards ceremony for their continued contribution to road safety and active travel, including vehicle idling. Over half of primary schools in borough actively take part in the Junior Travel Ambassador scheme which is designed to help promote safer, active and independent travel within the school community.
Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “A big congratulations to Wickham Common Junior Travel Ambassadors who have worked really hard to help the whole school community understand the importance of active travel and road safety. Many schools are increasingly understanding the positive role they JTA scheme can play and our thanks also goes to the other finalists and the schools who are actively tackling the difficult issues concerning congestion around their school. I have been delighted at the support we are receiving for our anti-idling campaign and we will continue to work closely with schools in the months ahead, with benefits not just now, but with the understanding and change this brings, for the next generation too.”
Wickham Common received Top Team of the year 2019 for their work which included:
- support for the anti-idling campaign, encouraging motorists and parents to turn off car engines when parked
- encouraging pupils and parents to walk to school and participating in the Smarter Mover programme
- working closely with residents and the local community to address any concerns relating to parking and journeys to school.
Rachel Stevenson Deputy Headteacher of Wickham Common said ‘We are incredibly pleased to win this prestigious award which as a school we have been striving for over recent years. It’s full credit to Carys and Jackson for their commitment and creativity as superb JTAs for Wickham Common and all their hard work in promoting safe travel in our local community. Thank you so much to the London Borough Bromley Road Safety Team for such a brilliant day’
Six schools were recognised in the ‘final’ awards, with commended and highly commended award given to four schools, with Worsley Bridge primary school being close runners-up. The six finalist schools are
- Wickham Common - winners
- Worsley Bridge - runners-up
- Bickley - highly commended
- Hayes - highly commended
- Harris Primary Academy Beckenham Green - highly commended
- St Philomena’s - highly commended
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