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The overall aim of School Travel Plans is to reduce car use for school journeys or keep it at low levels in schools expecting higher numbers of pupils over coming years. The latter point is particularly pertinent in Merton; as to meet demand for primary school places a primary schools expansion programme is ongoing.
Active travel campaigns and STAR (School Travel Accredited and Recognised) accreditation work to reduce car use and increase walking, cycling and using public transport.
A School Travel Plan can result in:
STAR (School Travel Accredited and Recognised) is a strategic framework that encourages and rewards schools to adopt safer and active travel behaviour. The STAR accreditation recognises and rewards schools at one of 3 levels; sustainable, higher and outstanding.
STAR accreditation is an achievement in itself but it also contributes to other key success indicators within the school e.g. Ofsted and the School Implementation Plan. Participation in STAR is also an important building block towards achieving other accreditations and standards such as Healthy Schools, Eco –Schools and Sustainable Schools.
Each school in Merton has a School Travel Plan Champion. They are responsible for producing their school’s travel plan in conjunction with the borough’s School Travel Plan Advisor.
School Travel Plans are completed online via the TfL STARS website. Training on how to use this website is provided annually in March for all schools in Merton. This training is FREE for all School Travel Plan Champions. However training on an ad hoc basis in school is also available. This can be arranged by contacting the School Travel Plan Advisor.
Apart from the environmental and health benefits of having an accredited School Travel Plan, schools also benefit by:
If you would like any more information on any aspect of School Travel Plans please contact Merton’s School Travel Plan Advisor: on 020 8545 3872 or via email at email@example.com
This page was last updated on Friday 20 February 2015