Dunbar Primary has come top of the class when it comes to walking to school.
The school came first in the Walk to School Week table for the whole of Scotland.
Chris Thompson, Living Streets Scotland Schools’ Co-ordinator, said: “Dunbar Primary has really raised the bar as far as walking and travelling actively to school is concerned. Using the Living Streets Travel Tracker they have been able to record their journeys to school this term and encourage everyone to do their bit. There were days during May when no pupil from the School’s P4-7 Lochend Campus travelled by car to school at all – a remarkable feat.”
Dunbar Primary is currently Scotland’s largest primary and is split over two campuses, Lochend (approximately 400 pupils) and John Muir (700 pupils, including nursery classes and a communication unit).
Education and Children’s Wellbeing spoeksperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar commented: “This is a wonderful achievement by Dunbar Primary and it’s great to see that so many East Lothian primaries have done well for Walk to School Week. Healthy and sustainable travel to school is something that we have promoted in the county for many years now, and it’s fantastic that so many families and children now make walking, cycling or scootering to school a regular activity. Thank you to everyone who has done their bit and special congratulations to Dunbar Primary for topping the table in Scotland.”
Dunbar Primary School Headteacher Helen Gillanders added: “We are delighted to have come top of the Walk to School Week table for Scotland. I would just like to thank our staff, who have done so much to get the walk-to-school message across and also all our parents and carers. Even on a really rainy day, lots of parents and children leave the car at home and make their way on foot. It’s a community effort and something that’s really ingrained with us here in Dunbar.”