Forest Park is Hampshire STARS SEND school of the year 2019 and 2019 STARS SEND school of the region (South East).
As a school we are part of the Modeshift STARS scheme - the national schools awards scheme established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
In addition, the school has teamed up with a range of organisations including the HCC Travel Planning team, Living Streets Project, the local council, PedALL and Autism and Nature to adapt and promote resources and opportunities for the pupils, families and staff to access the local and natural environment sustainably. Activities we have taken part in range from pupil and staff travel surveys, to curriculum activities around road safety, to special events such as our Personal Safety week in March 2018 and our Children in Need rambles in 2017 and 2018. We have also worked on improvements to the street and pavements in and around the school, promoted inclusive cycling events to families and encouraged more sustainable commuting for staff.
In Autumn 2017 we were the first special school in Hampshire to be awarded the Bronze Award, and in April 2018 we were delighted to be one of only 5 SEN provisions in the country to be awarded the Silver Award for our continuing work! It has been a great example of the incredible work that the class teams do to support our pupils to be physically active, to be independent, to understand about sustainable travel and to be part of our local community.
In November 2018 we were invited to the national Modeshift Convention in Sheffield. The theme was 'Removing the barriers to sustainable travel' and we were the first speakers in the Modeshift STARS best practice session. In addition we were shortlisted for our 'Access for all' activities in the Best sustainable travel initiative (organisation) award section, being awarded runner up from a pool of around 60 nominations.
Also in November 2018 we were nominated in the South East of England, Modeshift STARS school of the region awards and won both the 2019 Hampshire STARS SEND school of the year and the 2019 SEND school of the region. We have now been invited to National Awards in the House of Commons in March 2019.
This isn't the end for us as we will continue aim higher and to look at further ways to promote safe and sustainable travel for our pupils, their families and our staff. We were invited to become one of the national ambassadors for the scheme as part of the Modeshift STARS National Schools Panel, with the first meeting to be held in London in July 2018. In addition we are now working with the HCC Travel Planning Team at a county level and Modeshift STARS at a national level to look at ways to make the scheme more accessible for all.
To find out more about what we have been up please follow the links to our latest Travel Plan.
In addition you may like to look at the School Route Audit which was completed by Living Streets with the support of some of our pupils. The Audit includes recommendations and a suggested action plan, with the copy below including the council's responses in Appendix 3. We are continuing to work on the actions so watch this space!
If you would like to get 'Out and about' more we have worked with Autism and Nature. Many of you will have a copy of their guide and story books for Hampshire and the New Forest, but additional copies and books for other areas of the country can be found at https://autismandnature.org.uk/our-publications/countryside-guides/
In addition we have worked with PedALL who provide inclusive cycling sessions in the New Forest. They have a wide range of bikes suitable for all, so if you would like to find out more about what they can offer visit https://www.pedall.org.uk/
Concessionary Bus Pass
Have you thought about applying for a concessionary bus pass? Did you know that there is an option that allows a companion to travel for free too?
To find out more information, including information about who is eligible and what documents you would need to provide, visit: