Chepstow House School

Walk to School Week

Chepstow House School has been supporting the Walk to School Week (Great British Walking Challenge) since 2010.

During this week we encourage all parents and children to make walking to school part of their daily routine.  It may not always be possible to walk the total distance.  However, taking the bus or parking the car a couple of streets away would be a good way of taking part.  In class, the children take part in activities to help them see that a lot of small steps can make a big difference.  

The Living Streets Walk to School campaign has been flying the flag for walking to school since 1995. It now reaches more than 1.9 million children each year. The Walk to School campaign’s aim is simple: to encourage all parents, children and young people to make walking to school part of their daily routine. Their vision is that every child who can walk to school does so.

Why walk to school?

It'll save you money. Walking to school instead of driving saves, on average, £400 per year.

It's educational.Walking to school can help your child build independence, road safety and social skills. In a study by Living Streets, 84 per cent of the children who walked to school often met up with friends on the way to school. 90% of parents who walked to school saw it as an important time for spending quality time with their child. Over a third noted that the journey to school was where they found out the most about their child’s life. It is an opportunity to practise times tables, discuss what is going on around them,in the news or talk about what has been interesting them. It is also a good time to talk about what you as an adult do during the day.

It's healthy. Children need at least 60 minutes (1 hour) of physical activity every day. The journey to and from school is an ideal time for children to be active.

It's better for the environment. One person switching five journeys of fewer than 2 km a week from the car to walking would reduce their carbon footprint by 86 kg a year.