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2009
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Hackney school wins London School Travel Plan of the Year award

Tyssen Community Primary School in Hackney has won an award making them London’s ‘school of the year’ for their School Travel Plan.

The primary school in Upper Clapton was awarded platinum status at Transport for London’s Accreditation scheme awards ceremony, which rewards schools for achievements in sustainable travel, at Altitude 360 on Tuesday 20 October.

TfL’s Accreditation scheme has been designed to ensure long-term commitment to sustainable travel planning in schools. Tyssen School received the top award at Outstanding Level for demonstrating an impressive level of participation in sustainable travel initiatives complimented by an innovative approach to related actions, including consultation and monitoring.

Tyssen School beat off stiff competition from four other schools in three boroughs, Newham, Southwark and Sutton, to win platinum Accreditation status.

They completed their first STP in 2006 and since then they have achieved a nine percentage increase in both the number of pupils cycling to school and using public transport, also a massive 20 per cent reduction in the number of pupils being driven to school.

In addition, bike ownership has increased for pupils and their parents and staff single occupancy car usage has decreased by nine per cent.

There is a theme of sustainable transport embedded within the school supported by one of inclusion throughout their STP. Led by Alison Butler, Sustainable Travel Manager, the school also sets an excellent example to other schools through sharing of good practice.

Alison, who picked up the winning plaque and a certificate with two pupils at the awards ceremony, said: “This is a fantastic win, which is down to the hard work of all the pupils, parents and staff at the school. The headteacher understands the benefits of a well developed travel plan and has taken an important and innovative step by investing in a continuous programme of cycle training at the school.”

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Tyssen School on achieving this standard and winning the top award at this level. More than 90 per cent of all schools in Hackney have developed a School Travel Plan and this is a fitting tribute for their hard work and commitment to encourage safer and sustainable travel for school journeys in the borough.”

The Council’s Streetscene department works with primary schools to develop STPs, which set out a number of practical ways to reduce the number of car trips made to and from school, to encourage more walking and cycling and to improve safety on the school journey.

Earlier this year Tyssen School won the School Travel Plan of the Year Award at Hackney’s STAR (School Travel Achievement Reception) event.

For more information about School Travel Plans in Hackney call 020 8356 8469 or email: georgie.burchell@hackney.gov.uk