Brilliant pupils in award-winning academy win their first WOW Walk to School badges

By Jill Dando News

The St Anne’s Church Academy pupils in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset won the Living Streets WOW Walk to School national award after walking, scootering or riding their bicycles to school.

They have 12 badges to collect over the year, with one each month available.

WOW is a year-round walk to school challenge organised by national charity, Living Streets, and funded by North Somerset Council.

They are one of five schools in North Somerset to take part in the scheme.

Pupils who walk to school at least once a week are rewarded with a monthly badge, helping build healthy habits for a lifetime. Daily journeys are logged by pupils on an interactive Travel Tracker or paper wallcharts.

Studies show that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school arrive fit, refreshed and ready to learn, do better in class, and are happier, healthier and more independent.

The highflying school is one of the only schools in the Southwest to win the Sustainable Modeshift Stars Silver Award award and they now have set their sights on Gold.

Principal Emma Hardy Smith said: “Our pupils are so excited to have joined this Living Streets campaign and they proudly wore their badges this week.

“The cold weather hasn’t stopped us from either walking, scooting or cycling to school as much as we can.”

Living Streets is 91 years old this year and has led successful campaigns to get more zebra crossings and safer routes on British roads.

The academy is part of The Priory Learning Trust.