Local pupils walking to school buck trend

Youngsters in Norfolk are bucking the trend and putting their best foot forward to get to school, according to latest figures.National figures have revealed that the proportion of British primary school children walking to school has fallen to less than half.

Youngsters in Norfolk are bucking the trend and putting their best foot forward to get to school, according to latest figures.

National figures have revealed that the proportion of British primary school children walking to school has fallen to less than half.

One school which has been making great strides in encouraging children to walk to school is Millfield Primary School in North Walsham. The school set up a 'Stamp Stanley' project which sees the pupils exchange walking tokens for healthy rewards.

The Office for National Statistics reported that in the most recent figures available, for 2008, just 48pc of youngsters under the age of 10 walked to their classrooms from home. It represents a drop from 62pc who walked to school in the 1989 to 1991 period. But in Norfolk, there has been an increase.


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According to Norfolk County Council the number of children walking to school has gone up from 36pc in 07/08 to 41pc in 08/09, and the percentage travelling by car has dropped from 30.2pc to 28.2pc.

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