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SAFETY: GSAL pupils Sejal and Oli receive their Modeshift STARS bronze award from the school’s estate team

SAFETY: GSAL pupils Sejal and Oli receive their Modeshift STARS bronze award from the school’s estate team

School awarded for dedication to road safety

Two young pupils from Leeds accepted a national award on behalf of the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) last week as the educational establishment was commended for its safe transport schemes.

Year 1 pupil, Seja Sood, and reception’s Oli Yates, received the Modeshift STARS bronze award which demonstrates the school’s commitment to promoting sustainable travel.

Sejal Sood and Oli Yates with GSAL staff_2To achieve the accreditation, a school must complete the Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools programme (STARS) run by Leeds City Council.

Amongst the work undertaken by GSAL is an annual travel survey, taking the issues identified in them and delivering transport initiatives that benefit pupils’ safety and wellbeing.

Mark Sadler, road safety officer from Leeds City Council’s Influencing Travel Behaviour team, said: “Modeshift STARS will have a major impact on travel choices for children and on their health.

“The aim is to reduce car use around schools, which will improve safety and congestion and help children to develop important personal skills and independence by walking or cycling to school.”

Paul Womersley, director of estates at GSAL, said: “We’re proud to receive this award in acknowledgement of the measures we have introduced under our travel plan.

“The next challenge is to aim for silver and we are committed to working towards this goal.”

Central to GSAL’s travel plan is the safe transfer of its youngest pupils using a shuttle bus between the main site at Alwoodley Gates and the Nursery and Pre-prep at Rose Court in Headingley, so Rose Court was chosen as the venue for the presentation of the award.

During a special road safety assembly for pupils in reception and years 1 and 2, members of the Influencing Travel Behaviour team presented the certificate and plaque to the two five-year-old pupils, before performing a special pantomime ‘The Gift of Life’, which delivered important road safety messages in a fun, interactive and seasonal way.

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Sweet treats for Food bank

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DONATIONS: Pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds handed over 267 advent calendars to a Leeds food bank after collections in school

DONATIONS: Pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds handed over 267 advent calendars to a Leeds food bank after collections in school

More than 250 advent calendars donated to those in need

Thoughtful junior school pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds have rallied round to donate a huge stack of advent calendars to a local food bank, aiming to bring a daily treat to all of Leeds’ families.

The children, aged between seven and 11-years-old, collected 267 advent calendars with the help of fellow pupils, teachers and parents, before they were handed over to the Leeds (North) Food Bank.

With demand for help from food banks expected to soar during the festive holidays, the chocolates are hoped to provide a small delight on top of the essential produce.

Leeds (North) Food Bank is one of a growing number of providers of emergency food across the city which is run under the banner of the Trussell Trust.

The organisation relies on volunteers and donations of food from individuals and businesses to supply families with food parcels at times of need.

Catherine Dodds, deputy head at GSAL Junior School, said it was a great initiative for the children to get behind and praised their efforts.

“We sent out an appeal in our weekly message to parents and the children responded with great enthusiasm, recognising that for some families even small luxuries like Advent calendars are unaffordable,” Ms Dodds said.

“They enjoy that little treat every day and were sad to think that some children might have to go without.”

Year 6, pupil Lizzie Bell, helped with the collection and added: “We are lucky enough to have Advent calendars and enjoy opening the door each day to see what chocolate there is inside.

“It gets more exciting every day nearer to Christmas and we wanted to help other children enjoy it too.”

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