Bright way to stay safe during walk to school

Primary school children donned their high visibility vests with pride when they took part in International Walk To School Month.


The youngsters, from Jolesfield School, Partridge Green, and Palatine School, in Worthing, were given 30 of the vests by Barratt Homes, which built homes in Bishop Park, Henfield.

International Walk to School Month was established to encourage pupils to walk to school to reduce congestion on the roads and at the school gates, as well as improving health and wellbeing and encourage sociability.

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Lynnette St Quintin, of Barratt Southern Counties, said: “By donating fluorescent hi-vis vests, we are encouraging parents, carers and pupils to walk, cycle or scoot to school in a much safer fashion.


“As well as being better for their health, it reduces the number of cars on the road which can only be a positive thing.”

Catriona Goldsmith, head of Palatine School said: “It is great to receive this donation of vests from Barratt Homes. We work hard as a school community of parents and teachers to support our pupils developing road safety skills both when walking to school and during trips into the local community and these brightly coloured vests will help us all.”

Sue Uff, headteacher at Jolesfield, added: “We appreciate it’s not always easy but even trying to walk to school once or twice a week will definitely be a step in the right direction.”

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