Giant strides taken to get Jarrow and South Shields to go green

Students from Jarrow School, Jarrow, South Tyneside (left to right) Sophie Larson, Megan Scott, Jack Hailstone, Sam Woodhouse, Caitlin Birchall and Aidan Cone walking into school together this morning as part of Go the Extra Mile Day. Fao David Brookbanks / Sarah Hall Consulting
Students from Jarrow School, Jarrow, South Tyneside (left to right) Sophie Larson, Megan Scott, Jack Hailstone, Sam Woodhouse, Caitlin Birchall and Aidan Cone walking into school together this morning as part of Go the Extra Mile Day. Fao David Brookbanks / Sarah Hall Consulting

PUPILS from two schools in South Tyneside put their best foot forward to win a “green” competition.

Hundreds of pupils from South Shields Community School and Jarrow School walked, cycled and used scooters to get to and from school in a contest organised by Tyne and Wear sustainable travel programme, Go Smarter.

The organisation aims to encourage cheaper and greener commuting, and the pupils earned their schools a £500 prize.

Leonie Kameli, head of year at Jarrow School, said she is delighted the pupils’ efforts were recognised in the “Go the Extra Mile” competition.

She said: “We targeted the younger students, particularly the Year 7s, because walking to school without an adult may still be quite new to them, and it was a positive way to promote this. It is fantastic to see their efforts rewarded in this way.”

David Baldwin, executive headteacher at South Shields Community School, said: “Our students really benefited from the experience and learned a great deal about personal fitness. We take health and well being extremely seriously, and this programme gave us a real chance to make this important subject really high profile.”

Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport at South Tyneside Council, hopes other young people follow in the tracks of these students, and do their bit for the environment.

He said: “These young people are to be commended. Not only are they benefiting their own health, by choosing sustainable forms of travel, they are also showing their green credentials.”

Go Smarter is a programme supported by local authorities in the North East encouraging greener commuting.