Pupils from Christopher Rawlins CoE Primary School in Adderbury have joined forces with housebuilder David Wilson Homes to celebrate International Walk to School Month.
The schoolchildren were among thousands who took part in the initiative, with David Wilson Homes donating hi-visibility armbands to the primary school for pupils to wear while walking to and from school.
The housebuilder’s development Adderbury Fields is just one mile from the school and located on Milton Road.
Although the average distance to a pupil’s primary school is one mile, just 46 per cent of children walk there on a regular basis and this is despite 70 per cent of their parents saying they walked to school as children.
Phil Goldsworthy, Headteacher at Christopher Rawlins Church of England Primary School, said: “We actively seek opportunities to promote physical activity by our children and believe walking to school is important. To support this we try to encourage as many of our pupils as possible to walk to school in a safe and sensible fashion, through taking part in initiatives like this. From our perspective, it is great to see a developer support such a valuable initiative and we really appreciate the donation from David Wilson Homes.”
John Fitzgerald, managing director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said: “It makes perfect sense for David Wilson Homes to support International Walk to School Month as many of our new homes have schools nearby. We want to encourage pupils to walk to school and our donation of hi-visibility armbands to Christopher Rawlins Primary School will help keep the children safe as winter approaches.”
It is recommended children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and therefore walking to school is the ideal time for children to be active.
Studies have revealed walking to school reduces stress in children and simply walking one mile a day was found to curb increases in blood pressure and heart rate in later life.
Studies have also revealed 90 per cent of parents who walk to school with their children believe it’s a great way to spend quality time with them and over a third stated the journey to and from school is where they find out the most about their child’s day.