Park Safe Be Safe - Get on board the new walking bus

New walking bus for Woodnewton A Learning Community leaving from Pytchley Court shops joined by Mayor of Corby Gail McDade and lead by volunteer mum Kirsty McLellan
New walking bus for Woodnewton A Learning Community leaving from Pytchley Court shops joined by Mayor of Corby Gail McDade and lead by volunteer mum Kirsty McLellan

Tough youngsters have been braving the grim weather to support a new walking bus which helps them get to school safely.

Children from Woodnewton A Learning Community, in Rowlett Road, Corby, have been climbing aboard the new initiative, which sets off from Pytchley Court every morning.

Fourteen children have already joined the walking bus, which was officially launched by Corby mayor Gail McDade yesterday.

Registered volunteers, with the assistance of sixth form students from Lodge Park Technology College, accompany the children, who hold along the length of a rope until they reach school.

It is a joint project between the school, police and Corby Council.

Assistant headteacher Gill Hurst said: “We have been running it for two weeks and we have increased it from four to 14 people, despite the weather, which we are very pleased about.

“It was set up to alleviate parking problems and ensure children can come to school safely. We have a system of rewards and a golden boot for the class with the most people on the walking bus. Hopefully they will encourage their peers and encourage their parents to sign them up.

“The children enjoy it because it gives them a sense of independence and responsibility, which is the school’s ethos.”

PCSO Steve Coles said: “The walking bus is a fun and enjoyable way of getting the children to school and encouraging parents to park further away.”

PCSO Coles said the project could be rolled out to other areas if it is successful.