Children square up to challenge of school walk
Developer backs healthy initiative
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.”
n STEPPING OUT: Pupils at Field End Infant School join in Walk to School month