Warfield CE Primary School has become the first primary school in the borough to partner in the Eco Reward Scheme to encourage walking and cycling. It will be joining Easthampstead Park Community School and Garth Hill College as early adopters.
Eco Rewards are a way for people to report green journeys around Bracknell Forest using a smart tag and dedicated ‘reader devices’, which are situated around the area.
By using tags to record environmentally friendly journeys like walking and cycling, pupils can enter prize draws and receive awards from the scheme whilst watching their carbon savings grow.
In addition to the personal benefits and environmental impact, children who participate can collect points for their school house to add to their house points system. As a school they can track the carbon savings made as a community so children can measure their impact and track their progress.
Cllr Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning and Transport, said:
“This scheme is proving very popular in our early adopter school communities who have embraced the opportunity to encourage students and their families to make green journeys.
"As a council we must work to respond to the climate emergency in every area of our lives. This is just one of the ways we are encouraging people to be more environmentally friendly and responsible.”
Anna Kennedy, Head Teacher at Warfield CE Primary School said:
“We are very proud to be the first primary school to be involved in the Eco Rewards scheme. We have all enjoyed seeing our progress as a school against other Eco Reward users. We share the information in our weekly celebration assemblies where we also see how our eco reward points have translated into house points!
"The children are looking forward to receiving their rewards whilst also playing their part in supporting Bracknell Forest Council in becoming an even more eco-friendly place to live and learn.”