Youngsters show parents way to school

West Norfolk pupils have launched their own travel plan with the aim of encouraging their parents to leave the cars at home and make the journey to school safer.

West Norfolk pupils have launched their own travel plan to encourage parents to leave the cars at home and make the journey to school safer.

The youngsters from Marshland St James Primary School have spent a number of weeks working on the project which aims to keep the cars off the road by asking parents to walk, bike or park and stride to school.

The aim is to reduce the number of cars which park outside the school.

Pupils have also written to Norfolk County Council asking for the speed limit along School Road, Marshland St James to be cut from 40mph to 20mph.

A council representative is due to meet head Jane Thain later this week, to discuss what can be done to make the school safer.

Children performed a special assembly to get the message home to parents. This included a rap compiled by youngsters.

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The school, which has 83 pupils, hopes parents who live within 15 minutes from the school will walk instead of drive and there are also plans to start a walking bus.

The pupils have also been granted permission for parents to use the car parks at the Methodist Church, village hall or the playing field car park instead of the road.

The school hopes to secure government funding for the new scheme and the money will be used to buy a shelter which can be used by the parents who walk to school.

Children have been given a passport, which they can have stamped every time they walk or bike to school and the pupil with the most stamps will win a prize.