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Pedal power earns acclaim for school

the wheel deal ... youngsters and staff at Biddick Hall Junior School with South Tyneside Mayor Ernest Gibson.

the wheel deal ... youngsters and staff at Biddick Hall Junior School with South Tyneside Mayor Ernest Gibson.

PEDAL power put into action by pupils at a South Tyneside school has won them a national prize.

Biddick Hall Junior School has been crowned national champion in the annual Big Pedal competition run by green transport charity Sustrans.

The South Shields school has also been named as the contest’s regional champion for the third year running.

The contest, held last month, saw youngsters being encouraged to cycle or use scooters to get to school.

To celebrate their achievement, 30 pupils and staff at the Galsworthy Road school were invited to South Shields Town Hall to meet the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.

The school saw off 120 schools in the North East to be crowned regional champion after generating 2,200 journeys to school throughout the 10 school days of the contest.

It beat 900 schools across the country to be named national champion.

Headteacher Michelle Collinson said: “We are so proud of all the pupils, parents and teachers.

“The competition has been a great way for us to encourage more children to travel to school in a healthy way, and it’s pleasing to see that many are continuing to do so now that the competition is over.”

Sustrans official Peter Gulbrandsen said: “I’m still amazed that almost 90 per cent of the school arrived by bike or scooter on some days. The competition is a great incentive for families to get more active.”

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