Local MP for Stoke-On-Trent South joined pupils in his constituency last week (Friday 19 October) to celebrate the strides they’ve made to improve their health and local congestion.   

Pupils at The Meadows Primary Academy in Stoke-On-Trent are walking to school for International Walk to School Month this October. They invited their local MP to join them on the morning journey and for a special assembly. Strider, the mascot for Living Streets, the UK charity behind the walk to school campaign, also joined them.  

Pupils sharewith Jack Brereton MP the benefits they experience when walking to school – from feeling healthier and catching up with friends to reducing the number of cars outside the school gates.  

MP walk

For International Walk to School Month, Living Streets released research (YouGov 2018) which revealed that too many cars are the things parents find most annoying on the school run – specifically too many cars around school gates; cars parking on the pavements; and too much traffic on the journey.  

Living Streets is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run so more families are encouraged to walk to school.  

Jack Brereton MP, Stoke-On-Trent South said:   

“I was very impressed to see not only how many families have committed to walking to The Meadows Primary in the mornings, but how enthusiastic the children were to be enjoying the exercise and fresh air.  

“They should be proud to have the second highest number of children walking, cycling and scooting to school in the city over the last year. Thanks to Living Streets for campaigning to make it safer for all our children to walk to school.” 

The Meadows Primary Academy also takes part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets. WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with collectable badges. Over 88 per cent of pupils at The Meadows travel actively to school – either walking, cycling or Park and Stride – helping to reduce the number of cars around the school gates. 

Living Streets is calling for more local authorities to introduce measures which make it easier for pupils to walk to school, including successful schemes like WOW, 20mph limits and school street closure pilots 

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets, said:  

Motor vehicles are the biggest source of roadside air pollution and one in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run1. Put simply - more children walking to school means fewer cars on our roads.  

“We need to see many more measures which make it possible for families to walk to school: lower speed limits, better crossings, constraints on pavement parking. 

“I’m delighted Jack Brereton MP joined us to see how important the walk to school is, and why we need to prioritise making it safer and easier for families.” 

Ruth Argyle, Deputy Head, The Meadows Primary Academy said:  

“As a school we really encourage the pupils to take up active travel. WOW is a real incentive for the children to walk more and it also supports our PSHE outcomes for Healthy Body and Healthy Minds”.