YOUNGSTERS at Bishopton Primary School in Stratford are able to walk to school more safely this winter.
Pupils in year 3 are now sporting hi vis vests thanks to a bright idea from a local housebuilder.
As part of its Home Safe Initiative, Miller Homes West Midlands has donated the vests to the school just in time, as the morning and afternoon walks to and from school get a little darker.
It is hoped the bright yellow bibs will ensure the children are visible to drivers whether they are walking, cycling or scootering to school.
According to the most recent government reports, the national average for children who walk to school is 46 per cent. This is likely to increase in 2022, as families look to be healthier and more energy efficient.
Martyn Grimes, operations director for Miller Homes Midlands, said: “Getting to and from school is such an important part of a child’s daily routine and being active while doing it is great for their mental and physical wellbeing. Our Home Safe initiative is designed to help kids to be as safe as possible on those journeys, educating them on the importance of being visible to other road users, which will instill good safety habits for years to come.”
Abi Bridges, year three teacher at Bishopton Primary School, added: “A lot of the children here at Bishopton Primary School live just a short distance away and choose to walk to school. As the evenings and mornings continue to get darker, road safety becomes even more of a priority.
“With the help of the high-vis vests kindly supplied by Miller Homes, we can ensure our pupils are getting to and from school safely and to also raise awareness through the Homes Safe campaign is an added bonus.”