Pupils at Wintringham Primary Academy in St Neots have received reflective kit bags from Cambridgeshire house builder Barratt Homes.

The donation was part of the Walk to School Month campaign in October.

The school received 35 hi-vis kit bags for its pupils to use whilst walking to and from school, in order to ensure they are easily seen on the roads as the darker nights draw in.

Walk to School Month takes place during October each year and encourages pupils to celebrate the journey to school on foot.

Maxim Hall, assistant headteacher and primary mastery specialist at Wintringham, said: “It is important to us that we encourage our children to walk to school, improving their wellbeing at the same time as looking after the environment.

"We massively appreciate the donations given by Barratt Homes so the children can be safe whilst making their journeys to and from school.”

Findings from the Department for Transport, following the National Travel Survey, identified that 49 per cent of children between the ages of five and 10 walked to school in 2022.

Simon Francis, managing director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “Walk to School Month is a campaign that we will always actively support, as the safety of pupils walking to and from school is of utmost importance.

“We have a number of families moving into our Wintringham development, so we hope the donation of hi-vis kit bags to Wintringham will help its pupils to continue their commute on foot now we have fewer hours of daylight.”

Barratt Homes’ hi-vis kit bags have been particularly useful during Walk to School Month, whilst being certain to benefit the pupils in their future journeys to school throughout the winter months.