Chil­dren square up to chal­lenge of school walk

De­vel­oper backs healthy ini­tia­tive

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

PUPILS from Field End In­fant School in Eastcote have taken part in In­ter­na­tional Walk To School Month with help from a hous­ing firm.

Res­i­den­tial de­vel­oper London Square pro­vided the school with high­vis­i­bil­ity jack­ets and ed­u­ca­tion packs, in­clud­ing travel di­aries and badges.

Staff also manned des­ig­nated ‘walk stops’ to greet the chil­dren on their way to school on Oc­to­ber 8.

Field End In­fant School is near to London Square’s Eastcote de­vel­op­ment on Field End Road, which com­prises 45 one, two and three-bed­roomed flats.

Head­teacher Dorothy Chappell said: “We strive to en­cour­age chil­dren to walk to school through­out the year as we be­lieve the ben­e­fits are in­valu­able to our pupils.

“We are very grate­ful for London Square’s support.

“It was won­der­ful to see so many pupils gath­er­ing to­gether to par­tic­i­pate in In­ter­na­tional Walk To School Day and we are con­fi­dent that this en­thu­si­asm will con­tinue through­out the rest of Walk To School Month.”

Walk To School Month sees school pupils from across the UK join forces with chil­dren in more than 40 coun­tries world­wide to cel­e­brate the ben­e­fits of school.

De­spite the av­er­age dis­tance to a pupil’s pri­mary school be­ing just one mile, last year saw a drop of 300,000 pupils walk­ing to school in Eng­land ac­cord­ing to anal­y­sis of the lat­est fig­ures re­leased by the gov­ern­ment. Doc­tors rec­om­mend that chil­dren should get a min­i­mum of 60 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity ev­ery day.

Re­becca Lit­tler, sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for London Square, said: “A large num­ber of our de­vel­op­ments are lo­cated within close prox­im­ity to schools so we are de­lighted to be sup­port­ing Walk To School Month this year.”

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n STEP­PING OUT: Pupils at Field End In­fant School join in Walk to School month

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