The Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards 2019 and Further Funding From the Department for Transport

Department for Transport affirms its commitment to the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards

The Modeshift STARS National Awards Celebration took place in London on the 5th March. Twelve schools from across England came together to compete for the coveted National STARS School of the Year 2019 titles for demonstrating best practice in walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel.

In order to reach the National School Travel Awards event, the twelve STARS Schools of the Region had to compete with over forty other schools that were nominated for this year’s Regional STARS Awards. Nick Butler, National STARS Manager said “The Modeshift STARS National Celebration Event is the culmination of the hard work done by schools over a number of years. To be considered for the National STARS School of the Year title is a huge achievement in itself. Our STARS Schools of the Region are shining examples of the dedication and commitment that is being put into increasing levels of walking and cycling by schools across the country.”

The STARS Schools of the Region were assessed by Modeshift’s National Awards Panel, and considered for one of four categories; Early Years Establishment, Primary School, Secondary School and SEND School of the Year.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:

“I was delighted to attend the National School Travel awards and meet students who have made a dedicated effort to improve air quality by walking and cycling to school.

“We want to make walking and cycling the natural choice for journeys, which is why we’ve committed funding for a further 3 years to ensure the good work can continue.”

STARS Primary School of the Year – Mandeville Primary School, Hertfordshire

STARS Secondary School of the Year – Tweedmouth Community Middle School, Northumberland

STARS SEND School of the Year – Forest Park School, Hampshire

STARS Early Years Establishment of the Year – Footsteps Day Nursery – Hove, Brighton & Hove

The Department for Transport went on to announce it’s continuing support of the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards scheme with a commitment to part-fund the scheme for the next 3-years. This funding will allow Modeshift to continue to develop the scheme for schools across England and coordinate Regional and National Awards event up to 2022.

Ross Butcher, Chair of Modeshift said, “We are hugely grateful to the Department for Transport for their continued support of Modeshift STARS. Since they first began supporting the STARS scheme in 2014, the number of local authorities participating has grown from 22 to 69, whilst the number of registered schools has grown from 200 to over 3,500. Modeshift STARS is now making a significant difference to how children and young people are travelling to school with our latest figures for STARS accredited schools showing an increase in walking of 11.6% and an increase in cycling of 59% for those schools over the last 3-years.

Modeshift STARS is the National School Travel awards and supported by the Department for Transport. It is free for schools to use and if you would like more information visit



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