Recipients for TCF End of Trip Schools Grants Announced

Picture shows L to R: Cycle to school family Sienna, Mum Jo and Priya Pow and Chris Jackson, Head Teacher at Avonwood School, in front of a current cycle store facilities which will be expanded thanks to the BCP Council TCF trip end facilities grant.

 

21 schools in the BCP Council region will be benefiting from a total of just over £214,000 worth of grants (up to £20,000 each) from the Council’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme. The grants are being awarded to the schools to help them pay for the installation of new or improved ‘end-of-trip’ facilities, which encourage healthy and eco-friendly journeys to school.

The grants, supporting the council’s Transforming Travel programme, are being awarded for projects to install end of journey facilities for students and staff, who cycle, walk or scoot to school. These include facilities such as lockable bike and scooter stores, showers, lockers, bike repair stands, clothes drying facilities and electric bike charging points.

Schools were given the opportunity to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000 to help cover the cost of installation or upgrade work. They will be match-funding at least 20% of the total cost of the project themselves through their own fundraising activities.

Avonwood Primary School was awarded £6,784 to extend its existing secure bike and scooter stores. The School’s headteacher, Chris Jackson said: “We are absolutely delighted with this award and will be getting on with the work over the summer holidays. We are keen to encourage more of our students and staff to cycle or scoot to school both for their health and for the environment. Providing these new lock-up facilities will certainly help to reassure them that their bikes are safely stored during the school day.”

Announcing the awards, Councillor Nicola Greene, BCP Council’s Portfolio Holder for Schools said: “This is a great opportunity for our schools to install facilities that encourage students and staff to start using healthy, green travel options. We have been particularly keen to support this since schools have returned after lockdown and want to encourage families to take this opportunity to leave their cars at home and use a healthy option for the school run. By providing facilities at the journey’s end, we can help decrease congestion and pollution, fight childhood obesity and support active travel.”

The grants are being funded by the £100m + TCF programme, which forms a major part of BCP Council’s Transforming Travel programme.

The full list of schools awarded grants: 

Ad Astra Infant School

Poole High School

Avonwood Primary School

Queens Park Infant Academy

Avonbourne Boys and Girls Academies

St Edward's School

Canford Heath Infant School

St Katharine's Church of England (VA) Primary School

Canford Heath Junior School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Glenmoor Academy

St Peters School

Hamworthy Park Junior School

St. James' C of E Primary Academy

Haymoor Junior School

The Bourne Academy

Highcliffe School

The Grange School

Kingsleigh Primary School

Twynham School

Longfleet (CofE) Primary School

 

Posted on Wednesday 19 May 2021