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Beal High named greenest in east London for pupils’ sustainable travel

PUBLISHED: 14:36 27 December 2017

Serge Liburd-Jones (Left), Sean Goss, co-director of PE teacher at school (Centre), Rebekah Durrant (Right) collecting award from TfL Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman. Photo: Redbridge Council

Serge Liburd-Jones (Left), Sean Goss, co-director of PE teacher at school (Centre), Rebekah Durrant (Right) collecting award from TfL Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman. Photo: Redbridge Council

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A Redbridge secondary school has been named the greenest in east London for supporting sustainable travel.

Beal High, Woodford Bridge Road, was named School of the Region by Transport for London (TfL) for its commitment to eradicating car journeys and encouraging more sustainable forms of travel.

The title was awarded as part of the Mayor’s Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe (Stars) programme.

Stars encourages children, parents and teachers to adopt better ways of travelling to school through reducing car use, increasing walking and cycling, and encouraging more responsible behaviour on public transport.

Pupils and teachers from Beal High School travelled to City Hall on Tuesday, December 5 to collect their award from Deputy Mayor, Shirley Rodrigues, and TfL walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman.

Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “It’s a fantastic honour for pupils, teachers and parents at Beal High School who really put a lot of effort and commitment into thinking about better ways of travelling to school and reducing air pollution around their school.”

Beal achieved the gold accreditation for 2016-17 by reducing car journeys to and from the school gates from 17pc in 2016 to 13pc in 2017.

This was made possible by increasing the number of students walking, from 53pc to 64pc.

Cllr Howard added: “The Stars programme is great because it has been designed to help young people see the impact of travel on their health, wellbeing, and the environment.

“It shows the benefits of walking, cycling and public transport, rather than simply getting driven right up to the school gates every day.”

It’s the fourth year in a row that a Redbridge school has received the region’s Top School award for its travel plan.

Mossford Green Primary, Highlands Primary and Oaks Park High took home the accolade in 2016, 2015 and 2014 respectively.

For the awards, the 33 London boroughs are divided into four regions, North, South, East and West.

In each region, one primary school and secondary school are awarded School of the Region.

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