Modeshift STARS

Modeshift Stars

Welcome to our blog, I will be updating regularly with any information or links that may be useful.

Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) is a national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

Safe travel to and from school:

Walking is a great way to stay fit and healthy, it has been proved that children been active on their way to school helps them to be ready for learning. We take part in Walk to School week.

We encourage the children to walk or scooter to school, ensuring they are been safe and respect other users.

We want all our families to walk, scoot or cycle to and from school safely. We actively promote smarter parking so that parents do not park on our school site, including the bus park, or on the road markings outside school.


Update on what has happened so far!

While in lock down we continued to work on the Silver award. 4 more initiatives were completed! These included information on the website about how far the school is from bus routes and the train station this is on the contact us page. Postcodes were collected and maps were produced highlighting where our children lived, no postcodes or names were issued, these showed how many children could potentially walk, scoot or bike to school. A costings sheet was then produced from looking at the postcodes and working how much one journey would cost in fuel, this showed that even the shortest journey has a cost. These costs were then multiplied by 10 for the 2 journeys per day per week. Please click on link below:



On the website under letters there will be details of a competition for all KS1 and KS2 children to take part in and also an entry form which will be needed. First prize is a £50 Amazon voucher, 5 runner up prizes of £25 Amazon vouchers. Please enter to give our school a chance of winning a Scooter pod which can be used to store scooters safely. Please click on the links for the competition details and the entry form.

 Road safety book!

Under letters there is also book with photos of the roads the children may cross on their journey to Malton secondary school, the photos start at the primary school and go up to the Sports Hall and also up past the road to the hospital. I go through what they need to be aware of and on the new road which way they need to look as some its only one way traffic. Please click on the link:


5 minute walking bubble!

To continue with the great work, under letters on the website there is a 5 minute walking bubble map. The map gives you an idea of where is 5 minutes away from the school, allowing you to park away from school and giving your child/ren the chance to walk to school at the same time. This initiative will help us to keep the area around the school safe! This will help our children and the residents nearby feel feel safe and protected. Please click on the link:


Walking alone!

Aletter has gone out about Walking home alone. This is for all YR 3, 4, 5 and 6, please fill in the slip and return by 5th October 2020.


Parking on pavements!

Over the last week we have had reports of children and adults having near misses with cars and vans outside school and on the side roads ear school. These incidents have been caused by the drivers mounting the pavements while trying to park! These incidents have been reported to the Police, the Council and Highways.

Mrs Carpenter has received an email from Highways telling me that parking on pavements is not illegal! This has shocked us all and after looking into this Mrs Carpenter has found that it is true! There is only London in which it is legal and this came in in 1974. Below is what the Highway Code says:244.You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do 

so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously

inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and 

people with prams or pushchairs.

Law GL(GP)A sect 15


Mrs Carpenter has found out that the Government are doing a consultation on this subject more information can be found by clicking on the link below. The consultation is open until 22nd November. Please help by filling out the survey.


Highway Code for all!

Under letters on the website there is a reduced copy of the Highway Code this has just got pedestrians, cycling and parking in there. Please take a look and share it with your children as they need to know that walking and cycling is part of the Highway Code. Showing them that we all should know about this!


5-Minute Walking Bubble!

More stickers have gone up round the area 2 in Limetree Avenue and 2 near the Fish and Chip shop. This is to make sure we are keeping the roads around school as safe and as congestion free as possible. Please park 5 minutes away and walk the rest of the way, lorries are now not going to be an issue at school times now as there is a restriction on the road. So lets reduce the other traffic please! The map is under letters dated today. Just to remind you of the area.


Great news!

We have finally received our plaque from Modeshift STARS! This has been a long time coming! Please see photos below.

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Great News! We are waiting to hear if we have gained Silver. Hopefully in the New Year Mrs Carpenter will be announcing the news!


Massive congratulations!

Massive congratulations to Neve! The North Yorkshire County Council ran a competition in July to continue promoting sustainable travel.
ImageSILVER IS OURS!2021_Silver_Education_Accreditation.jpgMrs Carpenter is absolutely thrilled to tell you, we have gained SILVER and she would like to thank you everyone for the support, help and surveys you have all completed. We are now striding on forward to gain GOLD! We have ideas to move this further so please watch this space and there will be more surveys to come via forms.
Mrs Carpenter has added onto the letters part of the website some iformation about how much a return journey to school can cost. 
No matter how short the journey is, we would like our parents to consider parking 5 - 10 minutes away from school and walking 
the rest of the way. We have a 5-minute walking bubble is place, on the website under letters is another document that breaks the 
walking bubble down into areas that are on the outskirts and inside.
 Highway Code for all! 2021
Mrs Carpenter has shared again on the website the information on the Highway Code for all children in YR6 to read. All children 
who can walk home alone (YR3 - YR6) should be looking at this aswell. Please see the link below:
New challenge:
We are supporting the radio station York mix's quest to walk around Yorkshire. Our field and playground will be measured on 
Monday to determine how many laps we need to do to equal a mile. Adults can download the Strava app but the children can't do this, 
so Mrs Carpenter is going to email every Friday the total of miles walked! If you don't want to or can't download the app for whatever
reason please email your totals by 4.30pm on a Friday so Mrs Carpenter can add them to the email please use this email address
For more information on this challenge please click on the link:


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Wednesday, 27 October 2021