Mickley School Full of Silver Stars

3rd November 2016

Mickley school full of silver stars

 MICKLEY children have proved they are the county’s driving force in safe school travel as they receive national recognition for their efforts.
 
 
K441660 Mickley Award. Daisy Pochon and Harry Allison with teacher Lynsey Braddock celebrate being awarded a Silver Modeshift award for their work on safe school transport. WEDNESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2016. KATE BUCKINGHAM.
K441660 Mickley Award. Daisy Pochon and Harry Allison with teacher Lynsey Braddock celebrate being awarded a Silver Modeshift award for their work on safe school transport. WEDNESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2016. KATE BUCKINGHAM.
K441661 Mickley Award. Daisy Pochon and Harry Allison with teacher Lynsey Braddock celebrate being awarded a Silver Modeshift award for their work on safe school transport. WEDNESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2016. KATE BUCKINGHAM.
K441661 Mickley Award. Daisy Pochon and Harry Allison with teacher Lynsey Braddock celebrate being awarded a Silver Modeshift award for their work on safe school transport. WEDNESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2016. KATE BUCKINGHAM.

Mickley First School is the only school in Northumberland to have earned a Modeshift star silver award. The village school earned the accolade through a number of pioneering initiatives to support cycling, walking and sustainable travel to school.

Modeshift Stars is a national award scheme established to recognise schools which demonstrate excellence in enabling sustainable and active travel.

Mickley First School, which sits on a busy main road, earned its silver award in September this year after launching 25 school initiatives such as installing a scooter parking pod and pupils writing letters to parents encouraging responsible parking.

The school was nominated by Northumberland County Council for an award and, on October 28 attended an awards ceremony in Leeds, where it was presented with a runners- up award for reducing car use.

A number of pupils led the way in the initiatives through a school transport group, headed up by year one and two teacher, Lynsey Briddock.

 And headteacher, Andy Hudson says the national accolade wasn’t the driving force behind launching the initiatives. He said: “Our starting point is always what can we do to help our community. Road safety has to be quite significant because we are next to a main route and there’s not a lot we can do with it.

“We realised our curriculum had produced 25 initiatives. We try to give people the opportunity to use an alternative method, whether walking in or using the bus one day a week.”

The school is now aiming to earn the gold award next year.