All aboard the school ‘walking bus’!

WALK THE GOOD WALK -- Crabtree Farm School pupils (from left) Caiden Breffitt, Jessica Little, JD Pollard, Waad Aito and Jordan Pollard -- DISPIC NHUD12-0405-2

WALK THE GOOD WALK -- Crabtree Farm School pupils (from left) Caiden Breffitt, Jessica Little, JD Pollard, Waad Aito and Jordan Pollard -- DISPIC NHUD12-0405-2

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A ‘WALKING bus’ has proved just the ticket at a school in Bulwell.

The initiative at Crabtree Farm Primary involves youngsters travelling to school by foot, together with parent volunteers who make sure they get there safely and on time.

Now the ‘bus’ at the school on Steadfold Close has celebrated its first anniversary and a year in which the idea has flourished.

It boasts three daily routes, catering for more than 60 children.

Each child pays 20p a day when they get ‘on board’ and the fare pays not only for the journey to school but also a healthy breakfast of toast, cereal, fruit and juice when they arrive.

The idea initially stemmed from the need to cut traffic congestion, caused by parents’ cars. But the ‘bus’ is particularly aimed at children who might be at risk of playing truant or those whose parents are at work or college.

Youngsters join the ‘bus’ between 8 am and 8.30 am. They wear high-visibility jackets on the route.

The driving force behind the ‘walking bus’ has been deputy head teacher Katie Pritchard.

Mel Smith, one of the school’s office managers, said: “We are delighted with how it has taken off. Everyone who benefits has given it rave reviews.

“This is a long-term initiative at the school and we are determined to make sure it goes from strength to strength.”