Congratulations to Wallace Primary in Elderslie, which has received the nationally recognised Cycling Friendly Primary School Award from Cycling Scotland in January 2021. The school has been recognised for delivering Bikeability over a number of years and made the transition from playground training to Bikeability Level 2 on-road training for Primary 6 pupils with the support of the Renfrewshire Leisure Bikeability team. Bikeability Level 1 playground training is also delivered annually for all Primary 5 children during curriculum time in preparation for on-road training in P6. The school is very proactive with encouraging active travel to school and the Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) committee also promotes walking and cycling to school through assemblies and in-class activities.
The school also holds an annual sponsored cycle from the school to Lochwinnoch along the nearby cycle paths. Due to the emphasis on outdoor learning over the past 6 months since schools returned in August, Wallace have delivered all training to the P5 and P6 pupils earlier in the year than usual. This has shown how Bikeability can be a great activity for pupils to undertake whilst restrictions continue. Wallace are now part of a small group of schools in Renfrewshire to have achieved this accolade.
Craig Dalziel, Bikeability Coordinator for Renfrewshire Leisure said: “ I am delighted that Wallace have received this prestigious award. I would like to thank Mrs Brooker and the staff for all their support, particularly for hosting several training days for their own staff and inviting staff and parents from other schools. The school has shown that by having many staff and parents trained to deliver Bikeability this provides a sustainable model to ensure future year groups receive the same opportunities. I look forward to continuing to support the school with Bikeability and other projects.
Diana Brooker, Depute Head Teacher at Wallace said: We are delighted to have been awarded the Cycle Friendly School Award in recognition of the staff, pupils and parents hard work. In Wallace we have made significant progress with promoting cycling from having a whole school sponsored cycle and Bikeability Level 1 and Level 2 training successfully taking place in P5 and P6. In the school we have 10 members of staff and 7 parents trained to deliver Bikeability and we hope to grow this number. Looking to the future we are excited to be piloting Level 3 Bikeability for P7 pupils as well as being part of the Play on Pedals Programme.
“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
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