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  Being Scooter Smart at Riddings Infant and Nursery School  


At Riddings Infant and Nursery School we enjoy being Travel Smart.

After working really hard, we have achieved our Modeshift STARS Bronze, Silver and Gold awards!



To find out more about scooting to school please look at the documents below, including our Scooter Code.

Travel Smart 2019-20


Modeshift STARS National Travel Awards - November 2019


On Tuesday 26th November Mrs Farnsworth, Miss Marshall and two pupils attended the Modeshift STARS National Travel Awards in Birmingham!


For the fourth year in a row, we had been nominated by the Local Authority for an award and we are very excited to announce that we won! 


Riddings Infant and Nursery School is

Modeshift STARS

Derbyshire's Primary School of the Year 2020!


Our school has been recognised for showing best practice in the promotion of walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel for the journey to and from school. 


We would like to thank everyone for their continued support in our Travel Smart initiatives, we could not do it without our children, parents, staff and Governors! 

We'd also like to say a special thank you to Rob Bounds and PCSO Matt Thompson for their support over the years, we feel very fortunate that they support our events and initiatives and visit the school as often as they can. 


The event was perfect for sharing good practice and we were told about lots of other Travel Smart initiatives that other schools had tried. We're excited to continue our Travel Smart journey - keep an eye out for more events happening soon!

We're very excited to announce that we have maintained our Gold Modeshift STARS accreditation!

Nursery Balance Bikes! - October 2019


On Wednesday the 2nd October 2019, Nursery had a very special visitor - Rob Bounds!

Rob visited Nursery to lead Balance Bike sessions for all of the Nursery children - Rob is the Senior Transport Officer for the Sustainable Travel Team at Derbyshire County Council, he works closely with the school to promote sustainable and active travel!


The children had so much fun taking part in activities that promote co-ordination and balance. They loved walking across stepping stones, moving in different ways and then riding the Nursery balance bikes.


A huge thank you to Rob for visiting us, we can't wait to work with you again soon!



Rob returned to Nursery a few days later to talk to the children about Road Safety and to fit bells to our Nursery Balance Bikes. We talked about how bells can warn other people that you and your bike are there. 


The children were brilliant and used screwdrivers to attach the bells to the handlebars on each of our Balance Bikes! Rob was very kind and brought some extra bells for our bikes and scooters at home. If you would like one of these free bells, please talk to a member of Nursery staff. 

'Hello Yellow' day! - October 2019


On Thursday 10th October we celebrated World Mental Health day by wearing yellow accessories and travelling to school together from our local park. We know that good physical health can support good mental health and we enjoyed walking, scooting and biking to school. 

Well done to everyone that has an active journey to school!



'Big on Bikes' - Bike training for Year 2! - September 2019


In September, 'Big on Bikes' visited our Year 2 pupils to support them with riding their bikes!

They taught the children how to use hand signals and supported them with pedalling the bicycles!



Village walk - September 2019


The Year 2 pupils went for a walk around the village of Riddings to support their English and Topic work, the children enjoyed visiting the local landmarks.  

Travel Smart 2018-19

Modeshift STARs Awards event - November 2018


On 26th November 2018 Mrs Politowski, Miss Marshall and 4 pupils attended the Modeshift STARs Awards event in Stoke-on-Trent as the school had been nominated by the Local Authority to receive a Travel Smart award. 

The event was a brilliant chance to share good practice and talk to other schools about their travel smart success stories. 


We were very pleased to receive the award for: 

"Derbyshire's Primary School of the Year 2019"!


We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of our Travel Smart initiatives - we couldn't do it without the help of our pupils, parents, staff and Governors! We are also very fortunate to have the continued support from Rob Bounds (from Derbyshire's Sustainable Travel Team) and PCSO Matt Thompson (from the Safer Neighbourhood Team for Somercotes and Riddings). THANK YOU!


At the event we also met a lovely lady called Alison, she was a representative from the company Brightkidz. Keep a look out for future events and initiatives to promote sustainable travel and ways to encourage pupils to "be bright and be seen". 

Travel Smart Week - October 2018


During October 2018, we enjoyed celebrating Derbyshire's Travel Smart week. We invited pupils, parents and carers to join us as the local park each morning and then we travelled to school together in different ways. 

We would like to say a huge 'Thank you' to everyone that came to join us and braved the cold and windy weather! 


At the end of the week we celebrated "Fume-Free Friday" by having a non-uniform day. We encouraged everyone to travel to school in sustainable ways and raised lots of money for our school's defibrillator project! 

Nursery's introduction to Balance Bikes - September 2018


In September, Nursery were very lucky as they had a special visit from Rob Bounds, he visited the school to introduce the children to Balance Bikes! Rob is the Senior Transport Officer for Derbyshire County Council's Sustainable Travel Team and he works a lot with our school to promote sustainable travel and road safety. Rob was supported throughout the day by PCSO Matt Thompson - PCSO Matt is part of the Safer Neighbourhood Team for Somercotes and Riddings.


Rob led some activities and games that support balance and co-ordination - this included pretending to take dinosaur steps and frog jumps, walking carefully on stepping stones of different heights and balancing rings and beanbags on our heads! 

Rob then showed us how to guide a balance bike without riding it and showed us how to ride the bikes carefully without bumping into anything or anyone!


We talked about how to be safe if we have a balance bike at home and we all wore helmets to protect us from any bumps or accidents.

Travel Smart 2017-18

On the 15th of October 2017, Miss Marshall and Mrs Wagg travelled to Stoke on Trent with 4 pupils for the Modeshift Regional Awards. The event was attended by schools and authorities across the Midlands region including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Telford & Wrekin, Stoke on Trent and Solihull.


We had a brilliant day celebrating Sustainable Travel and sharing good practice, we designed Travel Smart comic strips and were able to talk to children and staff from lots of different schools. 


We are pleased to announce that we received two amazing awards - 

Riddings Infant and Nursery School are now ...

"Derbyshire's Primary School of the Year 2017" 

and the 

"2017 STARs Primary School of the Region"!


We received these awards for our dedication to Sustainable Travel and for our continued work with Rob Bounds, PCSO Richard Plant, the parents, carers, governors, staff and the children! 


We have now been invited to attend a celebration at the Houses of Parliament in London, in March 2018. 


We would like to say a huge thank you to EVERYONE involved for your continued support. 

On the 18th October 2017, Rob Bounds hosted a Travel Smart week assembly for our school! He talked about how we can all be Travel Smart heroes and inspired everyone to walk, scoot and bike to school!

As a school, we are incredibly proud that we have received all of the Modeshift STARs awards, however our hard work cannot end there. We were one of the first schools in Derbyshire to be awarded the Gold Modeshift STARs award and we want to maintain it and be great role models to surrounding schools. 


On Wednesday 22nd March 2017 we commenced our "Wheelie Wednesdays" ... although the weather was not so kind to us, lots of parents, children and staff met at the park entrance on Shaw Street at 8.30am to walk/ride to school together. We then met again the following week (with more rain!) as part of our "Dogs who help us" week and had a Walkie/Wheelie Wednesday. We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that attended these events and braved the poor weather!


The regular meet up time is 8.30am on Wednesday mornings, which gives us plenty of time to walk, scoot or ride to school together and be on time for register. 


Please ensure that all scooters and bikes are safe to ride and that protective gear such as helmets is worn, as you feel necessary. The weekly meet up may be attended by school staff, but please remember the responsibility and safety of your children remains with you. 

Parent and child scooters for loan 


We have several adult scooters at Riddings Infants and Nursery School that we lend to parents in order to encourage them to scoot to school with their children. During our travel smart assembly - 3 parents signed up to trial these scooters and they took part in a Micro-Scooters competition on Facebook, those that entered received a Micro helmet for their child. 


We have 2 more adult and 2 child scooters that we can lend to families who would like to try them - please enquire at the school office or contact Miss Marshall for more information. 

Walkie/Wheelie Wednesday!


At Riddings Infant and Nursery School we love raising money for charities and helping others, therefore we used our passion of travelling smart to hold a special fundraising event. The week commencing 27th March 2017 was our "Dogs who help us" week, we took a twist on the usual primary school topic of "People who help us" and focussed on the animals instead!

We had a week learning about dogs in the emergency services, how to approach dogs that we don't know and how to look after our own pet dogs. We even had some very special visitors in school - Police dog Sandi and Fire dog Dexter!

We then held a dog non-uniform day, where lots of children either dressed up as dogs, brought in pictures of their pet dogs, brought in their favourite dog book or their favourite dog teddy. All of the money raised will be given to the RSPCA. Thank you to everyone for their kind donations - a total of £131.62 was raised for the RSPCA!

During the day Rob Bounds and PCSO Richard Plant also security marked several scooters and bikes, they then gave everyone that had brought their scooter/bike to school that day a hi-visability 'slap band' so they can be bright and be seen on their journeys to and from school. 

Finally we shared a book called "The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was none of his business" and we talked about responsible dog ownership and how this can help us when we travel smart. 

On the 12th of October 2016, Mrs Politowski, Miss Marshall and Mrs Wagg attended the Modeshift Regional Awards in Stoke on Trent. The event was attended by schools and authorities across the Midlands region including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Telford & Wrekin, Stoke on Trent and Solihull. It was a chance to reflect on what successes the school has had on our journey to Gold, such as Balanceability in the EYFS, Bikeability and Scooter Smart training in KS1, our "Monster scooter/bike ride", security marking and our celebrations of each and every Travel Smart week. It also gave us opportunities to network with other schools to gain ideas for future Travel Smart events. 


As well as celebrating our recent Gold Modeshift STARS award, we received an extra award.


Riddings Infant and Nursery School was the winner of the

Modeshift Regional Award for Effective Partnerships!!


This was for the continued work with Rob Bounds from the Sustainable Travel Team at Derbyshire County Council, PCSO Richard Plant (Somercotes SNT) and the support from all of the parents, carers, governors, staff and most importantly ... the children!!


We would like to say a huge thank you for the continued support.


In October 2016, Rob Bounds and PCSO Richard Plant came to the school to award us with our GOLD Modeshift STARS award!! We were very excited and proud as we are the first Infant and Nursery school to receive the Gold award in Amber Valley. 

Representatives from the new 2016-2017 School Council received the award on the school's behalf. 


On Tuesday the 24th of May 2016 we held a 'Monster scoot/bike ride to school' event! Lots of children (and parents) attended and made the event really successful!


Rob Bounds, from the Sustainable Travel Team and PCSO Richard Plant, from Derbyshire Police attended to assist with the ride and all children wore high-visibility jackets, that had been kindly donated by SpecSavers. The children were then given these jackets to wear on their future rides to school.

Once back at school Rob and Richard then carried out security marking on lots of bikes and scooters and each one received an "immobilise kit" which had been kindly donated by Derbyshire Police. 


We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and for the continued support. Please keep a look out for future events soon!