GHS travel plan
At Guildford High School we are proud to be working with Surrey County Council and Living Streets to create a cleaner greener Surrey by encouraging as many pupils as possible to travel to school actively and sustainably.
We are delighted that we have renewed our Green Flag Award for being an eco-friendly school and we are striving for Bronze accreditation in 2021 with ModeshiftSTARS, showing our commitment to sustainability, active travel and pedestrian safety.
Mrs Sharon Howitt, Teacher of Geography
GHS holds Road Safety Training, and we are expanding our Train Buddy System, making it easier for pupils to travel to school safely and actively. We also promote conversations about sustainable travel through ASPIRE sessions. In addition, we have worked with Surrey County Council to produce a PINDAR map of walking times, bus routes and walk and stride areas for us all to help plan travel.
Our school is located within a short walking distance from some brilliant ‘Park and Stride’ areas, green spaces and local landmarks including Stoke Park, Ornamental Gardens and Guildford Castle grounds. There are also canalside and riverside paths. This makes it even easier and more enjoyable to actively travel to school.
Park and Stride is possible from London Road Train Station or Clandon Road (5 minutes). Stoke Park is within a 10 minutes’ walk. Being dropped off or hopping off a bus at the Spectrum Leisure Centre gives a 15-minute walk, an opportunity for pupils perhaps to get some fresh air and catch up with friends. For a longer walk to school, pupils can hop off the train a stop early at Guildford train station and walk the final 25 minutes to school through the beautiful streets of Guildford. Cycling and scooting are other ways to travel to and from school sustainably if a safe route is identified. Bike and scooter storage can be found on site.
We are revisiting our ‘Anti-Idling’ campaign, with communication and signage to remind those dropping off or waiting for pupils to switch off engines.
Our Green Team held a Clean Air Day in September 2020 and are introducing Active Travel Days for the summer of 2021-22.
Mrs FIONA BOULTON, HEADMISTRESS
Surrey Country Council’s safer travel team have been working across the county to increase active and safer travel to school and raise awareness of air quality issues. Many schools, like us, are completing active travel plans and using ModeshiftSTARS.
With your help, we are one step closer to achieving a cleaner, greener Surrey.
For more information, you can download our travel plan below.
If you have questions or comments on this topic, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Sharon Howitt: