Rushden pupils stride out to promote safety

Jane Gilbert (walking bus co-ordinator) with head teacher Andrew Jackson and Joshua Manning, five, Sam Manning, eight, Abigail Lee, seven, Arwen Ambrose, five, Eden Jones, five, and Isabel Warren, seven
Jane Gilbert (walking bus co-ordinator) with head teacher Andrew Jackson and Joshua Manning, five, Sam Manning, eight, Abigail Lee, seven, Arwen Ambrose, five, Eden Jones, five, and Isabel Warren, seven
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Pupils are making strides in promoting road safety with the launch of a new club.

Youngsters at South End Infant School in Rushden have started a Stride to School Club, which includes a walking bus.

The walking bus means pupils from both South End infants and junior schools are escorted by volunteer supervisors from the car park at the Full Gospel Church, High Street South, along Wymington Road to their schools.

It is hoped the initiative will help cut congestion along Wymington Road and raise awareness about alternatives to driving to and from school.

Infant school headteacher Andrew Jackson said: “We are aware that parking is problematic for many parents.

“We hope that by setting up the Stride to School Club we can offer parents a safer and healthier alternative to driving.”

The club is being co-ordinated by one of its governors, Dr Jane Gilbert.

She said: “We know how difficult it can be for parents to get their children ready for school, drop them off and then get to work themselves.

“But we are hoping to demonstrate that there is safe and healthy ways to get their children into school, and if this provides an alternative that is great.”

It will run on alternate Friday mornings during June and July until the end of term.