NLCS has achieved the Bronze level award of Transport for London’s (TfL)STARS accreditation scheme.
STARS stands for Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe and our participation in the scheme contributes toward NLCS’ environment strategy and commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2030.
The scheme inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. In addition, STARS supports pupils’ wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improves road safety and air quality.
Our team of NLCS travel ambassadors in Years 7, 8, and 9 have led a variety of activities and assemblies for students centred around travel to and from the school in a safe and responsible manner, whilst being active and cutting emissions. One of the activities was an obstacle course where students had to avoid obstructions whilst being timed, they then ran the same course whilst trying to compose a text message, this was done to highlight the dangers of being distracted whilst commuting.
By taking part in the scheme and working through the levels of qualifications we hope to improve students’ emotional health and wellbeing by contributing to their 60 minutes a day of physical activity and encouraging healthier travel behaviours.
Our aim from September will be focused on improving air quality and reducing congestion around the school site by encouraging parents and staff to avoid using cars to travel to school, and in doing so, further support the wellbeing of our students and the local community.