Charlton Manor pupils went to collect an Excellence in Partnership award at City Hall on December 5. It was one of the Top Schools Awards presented by Transport for London to schools that are leading the way in safe and sustainable travel.
Greenwich’s school travel plan coordinator Camilla Olofsson nominated the school because of the many cycling projects, which aim to make sure every child can ride a bike unaided by the time they leave school.
Miss Coller, who coordinates the cycling programme, explained: “We were nominated because of all our work around cycling last year working with the council and Access Sport. It’s the first time we’ve won a Top School Award so it’s very special.” She added: “The work that we do is quite unique and it’s rewarding anyway because we provide good opportunities for children to ride and they’re getting a real love of cycling. The award is nice because it’s recognition that we are going above and beyond.”
During the awards Miss Coller gave a talk about Charlton Manor’s cycling projects which include:
- Cycle Starters, which help first-time riders to build confidence in the saddle
- Bikeability where children learn to ride safely on the road
- An after school BMX club where young riders can practise special bike handling skills
- Dr Bike bike maintenance workshops along with other bike repair/sales events
The school also encourages families to organise bike buses to travel to school and uses bikes and cycling as a learning tool across the curriculum.
Carol Ann Walters, December 2018