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Peterborough school comes top in Big Pedal challenge

St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Peterborough has been named as the top school in the East of England in the recent Big Pedal 2019 challenge for schools.

Big Pedal 2019 is the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools and across the country, 2,299 schools took part with 746,218 pupils actively travelling to school.

Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the competition ran from Monday March 25 to Friday April 5 and encouraged young people from across the UK to travel by bike, walk or scoot for their journey to and from school.

St Thomas More achieved a remarkable average score of over 94% of students arriving by bike, scooter or by walking. They also achieved first place in the East of England and were in ninth place nationally which is a fantastic achievement.

Head Teacher and Sustrans School Champion, Anne-Marie McElhinney, said: “Our children and the whole school community never cease to amaze me! We are delighted with our efforts this year as everyone in the community supported us so well. It’s good to put Peterborough on the map for all the right reasons.”

Matt Easter, Sustrans England Director Midlands and East, said: “The Big Pedal may only run for two weeks but can leave a lasting effect on the way children travel to school. It can show parents what’s possible and how easy it can be to leave the car at home for a few extra journeys a week.’’