The Walk Once a Week scheme has been running since 2005 with the main aim to encourage children all over the UK to get walking. It is now the largest national walk to school programme.
Avon House Preparatory School has a Travel Council consisting of pupils from Years 1–6, supported by two adults, who help to write the School’s Travel Plan where we look at travel and transport issues in and around the School. We meet every half term to discuss ideas and thoughts about how we can encourage more pupils and parents to walk to school with the aim of reducing car travel.
We participate in the Walk to School Week once a term, which encourages pupils to join up with another year group and walk into school together from the Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green with their class teachers. Parents are also invited to join their children on this walk.
There is a Walk to School chart displayed in each classroom and this is completed by the class teacher or the pupils themselves. The pupils are encouraged to walk a minimum of twelve times each month which they will then be awarded with a badge. Throughout the year, there are competitions in which all the pupils are able to participate, from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
As a Rights Respecting School, we encourage our pupils to live a healthy lifestyle by actively travelling to School and avoiding travelling by car to live in a clean environment. During our meetings, we listen to each pupil and how they feel about encouraging active travel and taking their views seriously.
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) – Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life
Article 24 (health and health services) – Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
We are also proud to announce that we have been awarded gold level award accreditation.
Travel Council members for 2020-2021 are:
- Year 1 – Asher and Devina
- Year 2 – Imogen and Anish
- Year 3- Zoya and Jenny
- Year 4 – Maiya and Iaisha
- Year 5 – Zain and Rebbeca
- Year 6 – Neha and Belle