Pupils celebrate three years of walking to school with a big breakfast

Telford and Wrekin pupils have celebrated the third year of their "walking bus" - which enables them to arrive at and leave school on foot safely.

Pupils celebrate three years of walking to school with a big breakfast

A total of 45 pupils walk to St Peter's School at Edgmond and back every week, which means there are less parking problems outside the school premises.

The idea of the walking bus originated from the family of one of the pupils for Walk To School Week in 2007. It proved such a success that it became a permanent fixture.

A path has been specially laid to improve the route to the school for the pupils and the walking bus is now accompanied by a team of 14 volunteers including parents on a rota basis.

Pupils celebrated the third birthday of their walking bus with a slap up cooked breakfast provided by the Lamb pub in Edgmond.

Walking Bus co-ordinator Yvonne Brunger said: "I would like to thank all the volunteers for giving up their time this year to make the walking bus a success. I would also like to thank the children for their good behaviour day in day out which has made it a pleasure to co-ordinate."

The scheme, which is funded by NHS Telford and Wrekin and managed by Telford & Wrekin Council, has recently been boosted by a substantial donation of £500 from Harper Adams University College 's student union and is also supported by West Mercia Police.

Chris Manley, 25, Student Union President 2009/10, said: "The Raise and Give (RAG) team here at Harper have chosen a lot of local charities and organisations to present the money we have raised throughout the year.

"The school in Edgmond is a very important part of the community and it's great to see the walking bus encouraging the children to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and get out and about.

"They get to socialise on the way to school and learn road safety and it's great for the parents too who can drop them off and know they will be getting to school on time and safely.

"The children were chuffed to bits when they got their prizes this morning and it was lovely to see."

Councillor Stephen Burrell, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "This is an excellent scheme that has enabled pupils to walk to and from school safely while also alleviating parking issues at the school because parents no longer have to drop their children off at the site."

Instead, parents drop their pupils off at the local cricket pavilion and the pupils walk from there to the school site.

Another local school - St Peter's and St Paul 's Catholic Primary in Newport - is currently looking for volunteers to launch their walking bus. Anyone who is interested should contact 01952 386450.