Pupils win £1k in sustainable transport plan

Blyth Academy wins 'Go The Extra Mile' award.
Blyth Academy wins 'Go The Extra Mile' award.

Students at a county academy are celebrating after winning a £1,000 prize for their school by walking and cycling as part of a regional competition.

More than 100 pupils at The Blyth Academy walked and cycled to and from school this summer as part of a ‘Go The Extra Mile Day’, organised by Go Smarter, the sustainable travel initiative.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, Northumberland County Council’s member for streetcare and environment, said: “Pupils from across south east Northumberland put in an amazing effort for Go The Extra Mile Day and I’d like to congratulate everyone at The Blyth Academy for being named as the winning school.

“I hope that the students enjoyed taking part in the challenge and that they’ll use more sustainable and green transport in the future.”

Academy principal Ms Jobling said: “I am delighted the efforts of so many of our students have been recognised by winning this competition and we will continue to encourage them to walk and cycle to school each day as part of a healthy lifestyle.”

As well as a £1,000 prize, every 100th pupil who took part in the competition was awarded a prize of £25 intu Metro Centre vouchers.

Go Smarter aims to help schools, children and their families find sustainable ways to get to and from school.