St John's CE Academy
Our school has worked closely with the Kevin Kilcullen and the Local Motion Team for many years and in that time we have seen a vast improvement in lots of areas that are important to our children, staff and outer community. We are situated in a deprived area.
We achieved a Modeshift Gold Award for Sustainable Travel only through receiving guidance through the Local Motion Team.
We also have many in-school initiatives set up by the team to help us achieve our gold. We could not achieve Gold if it wasn’t for the guidance and support of the team and wouldn’t be able to run as many initiatives.
We think in this day and age with child obesity increasing that the only exercise they may get in a day is walking or cycling to school. The children’s health is very important to us and their safety is paramount. We believe that encouraging children to cycle or walk also helps with traffic congestion and also the environment lowering CO2 omissions.We insist children must be able to ride a bike before leaving our school as it is a life skill.
Furthermore our children are taught the safety elements that will challenge them when they are out on the streets not in the safety and comfort of our school gates. We also think it is important that children know how to walk across roads safely and ride a bike safely on the roads, as one day they may need to travel to work on their bikes.
Kevin has been an inspiration to our school, encouraging children to ride their bikes, fixing bikes (as their parents don’t have the money or skills to do this) and inspiring confidence in young children.
Travel Coordinator, St John's CE Academy, Darlington
The Rydal Academy
Kevin has supported The Rydal Academy in growing a culture of sustainable transport over a number of years. He has delivered high quality sessions in cycling, scooting and bike maintenance across Key Stages 1 and 2 which have been very well recieved by pupils; as well as workshops and drop in sessions for parents. He has been instrumental in working alongside staff to achieve Modeshift Stars Sustrainable Travel Gold Award and in the project which led to the school receiving the Modeshift Stars Regional Award for Promoting Cycling.
Headteacher, The Rydal Academy