The school is working very hard to try to reduce congestion on and around the streets adjacent to Hartsholme Academy, and therefore improving the safety of everyone, not least of all our children. The School Council and Mr Edwards work with a Sustainable Travel Officer from Lincolnshire County Council, Sarah Hubery, who continues to support us in developing our School Travel Plan. School Travel Plans are a key tool used to manage traffic and encourage a healthy and safe whole-school community.
We understand that not all children are able to walk the whole way to school, due to distance, parental work commitments and a variety of other reasons. One way in which we have been help is by establishing a ‘Park and Stride’ initiative. This is a simple initiative where parents/carers are encouraged to park their car a 5-minute walk from school and then walk the rest of the way with their children.
The City of Lincoln Council kindly give us permission for us to use Skellingthorpe Road Recreation Grounds car park. This is the car park that is situated opposite Hartsholme Country Park and there is a pelican crossing for the safe crossing of Skellingthorpe Road. We therefore ask parents to park at Skellingthorpe Road Recreation Grounds and walk the rest of the way to school.
If you have any queries regarding the Park and Stride initiative, please do not hesitate to speak with Mr Edwards.
To run alongside this, we have also launched our 'Living Streets' campaign (launch date: 3.6.19). This campaign aims to promote and reward the use of sustainable travel. Each day, the children record (using an online app) how they have travelled to school. Children who are using sustainable modes of transport (walking, cycling, scooting, parking & striding etc) 3-times-a-week, will earn Living Streets pin badges. More information regarding Living Streets can be found here!
Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved our bronze award!