Dunstable school makes its mark with travel choices for pupils

Brewers Hill pupils with Bronze School Mark
Brewers Hill pupils with Bronze School Mark

A Dunstable school has received an award in recognition of its commitment to cycling, scooting and walking to school.

Brewers Hill Middle School has received Sustrans’ Bronze School Mark, given to schools which “bring about organisational, cultural and behavioural changes that help the school community choose to travel in more active and sustainable ways”.

Brewers Hill has been helped to meet the standard by Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices, which is based at Ashton Square, Dunstable.

Derek Smulders, Travel Choices’ schools and communities officer, has worked closely with the school to encourage active travel through a programme of activities including bike repair sessions, special assemblies and cycle training.

“Brewers Hill has really embraced the idea of active travel throughout the school,” said Derek.

“I have been particularly impressed by the independence of the pupils, for instance organising a highly successful Bike-It Breakfast for Cycle to Santa without the assistance of teachers and parents.”

Brewers Hill headteacher James Hughes said: “We’re extremely proud to receive the Bronze Award.

“As a school we believe strongly in children developing themselves, their families and their community.

“With the support of Travel Choices we have seen genuine behaviour change around ideas of active travel, health and wellbeing.”

> A college student has created a short film on walking for health for Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices. Edd Hawkes made the film as part of an HNC course in creative media production at Central Bedfordshire College, Dunstable.

The course enables students to gain valuable practical skills in video production, visual editing and research skills for media production. For this project they were tasked with making a film for a client and 28-year old Edd approached Travel Choices.

Travel Choices briefed Edd to make a film about their regular health walks with testimony from those who take part, as well as footage from walks at Dunstable Downs, Houghton Hall Park and Dunstable town centre.