School is now wheely green

Highfield Junior School opens its new bike shed. Hellingly Lions captain Zak Parsons, David Frazer, of ESCC, and Felicity Goodson from Bespoke Eastbourne Cycle Campaign Group (far right) attended the opening. Head teacher Karen Bye is at the front.
Highfield Junior School opens its new bike shed. Hellingly Lions captain Zak Parsons, David Frazer, of ESCC, and Felicity Goodson from Bespoke Eastbourne Cycle Campaign Group (far right) attended the opening. Head teacher Karen Bye is at the front.

AN EASTBOURNE primary school has set the wheels in motion to become one of the greenest in the town.

Highfield Junior School’s scheme to encourage children to get to school under their own steam is well under way.

The primary school recently opened a bike shed and now up to 25 pupils use it to house their bicycles and scooters in every day. Headteacher Karen Bye said it had helped the school become even more environmentally friendly – 70 per cent of the school’s pupils do not use a car to get to school.

She said, “It’s been very well used since, by bikes and scooters. We’re very proud of it at the school because it’s promoting our healthy eating and living drive and independence of children.”

Hellingly Lions captain Zak Parsons and Felicity Goodson of Bespoke Eastbourne attended the opening with governors, staff and parents on February 16. Jay McNally, secretary of Bespoke, said, “Bespoke is delighted to see the opening of another cycle shed. It encourages health and independence in children.”