Congratulations to Houston Primary who have been named as a Cycling Friendly Primary School by Cycling Scotland. The school were one of the first in Renfrewshire to deliver Bikeability Level 2 on-road cycle training to P6 and have ensured that future year groups continue to have this opportunity of learning an important life skill. One of the key parts of this success has been the number of staff and parent helpers trained with support from the Renfrewshire Leisure Bikeability and Active Schools teams.
Currently the school has over 15 parent helpers and a further 6 staff who are trained to help deliver the programme - even the Head Teacher Mrs Murray has undertaken the training! The school were praised by the assessors for introducing cycling into the curriculum through Bikeability and also for providing cycling activities during their annual Health Week. In addition, an in-depth school travel plan produced by staff has set ambitious targets for pupils to choose a green, healthy and sustainable form of transport when travelling to and from school in an attempt to improve road safety and congestion around the school at peak times. Houston is now part of a very small group of schools in Renfrewshire to have achieved this award.
Craig Dalziel, Bikeability Coordinator for Renfrewshire Leisure said:
“I am delighted that Houston have been recognised with this national award. This award is in recognition of all the hard work of staff, pupils and parents to put Bikeability and cycling activities at the heart of the school curriculum. I would like to thank Mrs Farquhar for all her efforts, particularly for ensuring a strong number of staff and parental helpers are available to support the Level 2 on-road training for P6. I have been pleased to deliver a number of training sessions in the school for staff and volunteers and provide support at lessons. I look forward to continuing to work with the school to provide further opportunities to develop Bikeability in the future”.
Carol Farquhar Principal Teacher at Houston said:
“We are delighted to receive our first Cycle Friendly School Award. With the support of active schools, parents, carers and pupils we have worked hard to improve facilities and increased opportunities for children to cycle to school. Cycling to school brings so many positive benefits: keeping children fit and healthy, building their confidence and giving them skills for life. The Cycle Friendly Award Team worked closely with us and supported us through each step of the process and helped us achieve our goal”.
“Bikeability Scotland” cycle training is available to pupils in every Renfrewshire School. Could you volunteer at your child’s school for 1 to 2 hours a week to help deliver this vital life skill? Training days are run on a regular basis for any member of school staff and parent helpers to attend. If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact Craig Dalziel, Bikeability Coordinator at Craig.Dalziel@renfrewshire.gov.uk
Bikeability Scotland Website - https://www.cycling.scot/bikeability-scotland
Further information on the Cycling Friendly Award can be found here - https://www.cycling.scot/what-we-do/cycling-friendly