Corby pupils reap benefits of walking to school

Barratt Homes' senior sales adviser Michaela Thiroff presents high visibility wrist bands to pupils during assembly at Oakley Vale Primary School, Corby

Barratt Homes' senior sales adviser Michaela Thiroff presents high visibility wrist bands to pupils during assembly at Oakley Vale Primary School, Corby

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Pupils from Oakley Vale Primary School, Corby, have been taking part in International Walk to School month during October, thanks to a little help from housebuilder Barratt Homes.

The school, near the Lyveden Fields new homes developments, on the Oakley Vale estate, is encouraging the pupils to reap the benefits of walking to school.

Andrew Swindell, managing director for Barratt Homes, said: “By offering pupils a helping hand and donating hi-visibility wristbands to each pupil, they will be encouraged to walk to school and can stay safe as winter approaches and the dark nights draw in.”

Jane MacDonald, deputy headteacher at Oakley Vale Primary School, said: “We try to encourage as many of our pupils as possible to walk to school in a safe and sensible fashion.

“It is great to see a developer support such a valuable initiative and we really appreciate the donation from Barratt Homes.

“Initiatives like this help to get the children excited about walking to school. By increasing physical activity every day, not only is it benefiting the pupils health, they have the opportunity to burn off some energy before the school day begins and we can also reduce congestion outside the school gates.”