Scooting ahead! Youngsters scoop gold in school travel competition

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Talented pupils struck gold when they entered a contest to redesign material promoting sustainable travel to school.

Ceri Marshall, and Xantippe Steele, both aged 8, won a set of prizes for themselves and their school in the competition based around Buckinghamshire County Council’s Go for Gold scheme.

They were awarded £25 each in vouchers, while their school was given a further £100 in vouchers plus a unique scooter storage system called a Scooterpod.

The pair, from Whitchurch Combined, in North Marston Lane, took up the challenge when the Council called on primary schools to help promote the award-winning incentive.

Pupils were asked to redesign the front of Go for Gold ‘passports’, which are issued across the county, as well as certificates given to children successfully completing the scheme. The aim of the passports is to encourage youngsters and their parents to find alternatives to using cars when travelling to school.

Xantippe and Ceri’s colourful designs won two of the four first prizes in the competition. The other two went to two pupils at St Michael’s Catholic School in High Wycombe.

The Whitchurch children were rewarded when the Go for Gold sustainable travel mascot called ALLF (Always Look Listen First) turned up at their school to congratulate them on the prizes.

Headteacher Jackie Crook praised the pupils and said: “I am delighted that they have won and delighted so many children took part in this. We are very proactive in trying to ensure that our children travel to school as safely as possible.”