All aboard the walking bus for pupils on way to Costessey schools

Costessey Junior School walking school bus.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Costessey Junior School walking school bus.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The school run can be a stressful part of the day for all involved.

Costessey Junior School walking school bus.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Costessey Junior School walking school bus.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

But a pair of schools have come up with a way to try and make things better for everyone.

Costessey Infant and Junior schools have started a walking bus to reduce congestion on the roads around the school in the mornings and afternoons.

More than 100 children use the walking bus each day with more having taken up walking independently, cycling or using a scooter since the measure was introduced earlier in the year.

Karen Butcher, head of pastoral care at the schools, said: 'We have noticed that the children are a lot more alert after they have walked to school as everyone's brains need some fresh air to function.'

Costessey Junior School walking school bus.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Costessey Junior School walking school bus.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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The traffic outside the infant school on Beaumont Road and the junior school on Three Mile Lane had been an issue for parents and residents alike and it has now been alleviated by the walking bus.

Both parents and staff members are involved in getting the children safely to school and the principal Katie Lawson and vice-principals Vicky Musgrave and Roy Watson are involved in 'driving' the buses at the front each day.

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The two pick-up points are at the Crown Pub, on Norwich Road, and the library, on Breckland Road, which go to both the schools.

Do you have a story about a school? Email education correspondent Martin George on martin.george@archant.co.uk

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