Oasis Academy Fir Vale and its pupils have achieved Bronze in the National Accreditation scheme Modeshift STARS, which recognises those schools that ‘demonstrate a commitment to promoting sustainable transport by conducting an annual survey, identifying travel issues and solutions and delivering a range of travel initiatives.
The Academy held a presentation assembly today, where the guest of honour was the Lord Mayor, Councillor Denise Fox. A local Gospel choir sang for the children, and the local Imam and vicar came to congratulate the pupils. South Yorkshire Police, who have been meeting with the children to talk about how to walk and ride to school safely, gave a short talk going over what the pupils had learned.
Last year the school took part in the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s ’10 day Active Travel Challenge’, encouraging school children across the region to choose an active way of getting to school over two school weeks. Walking, using scooters or cycling, or even parking and walking part of the way, children were challenged to ‘get active’ on their way to school.
The pupils at Oasis Academy Fir Vale embraced the challenge, and continued to make their way to school in a more sustainable, active way, long after the Challenge had finished.
As well as Bronze status, the Academy has also won a ‘scooterpod’ to store their micro-scooters safely during the school day.
Commenting on the Academy winning the award, Oasis Academy Principal Helen Round, says: “We are so pleased for the pupils to be presented this award. Last year’s active challenge really caught their imagination, and many of them have been walking and riding to and from school ever since.”
“Not only does it help the children to be active, but with less cars it makes the area around our Academy a much safer and nicer place to be. We are keen to now progress from the Bronze to the Silver award!”
“Huge thanks to so many of our local community coming along to support our presentation assembly today; their regular support of our children makes a big difference.”