In April Ladycross Infant School were invited to the Houses of Parliament for the national modeshift awards. We won National STARS Primary School of the year for our commitment to best practice in sustainable school travel. Working closely with Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart Programme we have shown an 11% decrease in car use in 3 years, with only 16% of journeys to school being made by car. Mr Hancock, Class teacher says “To be presented with this award is a real honour, this highlights the commitment from all of the pupils, staff, local authority and wider community. Taking part in Modeshift STARS has really helped our school embed a culture of sustainable travel within our curriculum and this award just shows that.”

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Modeshift GOLD award for sustainable travel

Recently Mr Hancock proudly represented Ladycross Infant School to receive the Modeshift stars  GOLD award for our work on sustainable travel. We are very proud of all the children at Ladycross and their efforts to reduce the traffic around the school grounds, as well as getting fit themselves. We aim to keep working on our sustainable travel into the new year and beyond! We are the first school in Derbyshire to get to gold too!

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We are proud of our achievements here at Ladycross. Take a look at some of our successes below.

The Big Pedal

This year we entered the Big Pedal, a national competition to see which school could make the most journeys to school by pedaling and scooting. For 3 weeks we worked hard to travel sustainably to school and we came 6th nationally out of hundreds of schools! Well done everyone! We were the TOP school in the East Midlands. 

Well done to Mr Hancock for organising it. Our award in on display in the hall on our PE and sports board. Pop in to have a look! 

Kitchen refurbishment

Our small kitchen used by the Owls Breakfast and After school club has got a Lottery award of £10,000 to refurbish everything. We now have new work surfaces, cupboards and sinks, with part of the kitchen being at child height so we can do a baking club. Well done to the Owls staff for helping to achieve this! 

Bloo the Gnu Scheme

Bloo the Gnu is our walking mascot. He was created to help support our Healthy Week programme and has since gone on to be used across all Derbyshire County Council primary schools, as well as other schools across the country!

Bloo even stars in his own story book which you can find out more about and read by clicking on the book below.


Ladycross has been awarded a Sing Up Silver Award!

Our Silver Sing Up award recognises that at Ladycross:

The Headteacher and governors endorse the decision to apply for the Sing Up Awards, and all staff know the school is applying;
Singing occurs in every class more than twice a week;
The whole school sings together at least once a week;
All staff are being encouraged to get involved in singing;
At least 2 staff are confident to lead singing;
Families and visitors can get involved in singing activities;
Singing supports the School Development Plan and is included in the Self Evaluation Form.

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Micro-Scooter Competition Winners!

We are now the proud owners of ten limited edition union jack micro-scooters after Chloe Johnson in Year 2 won a national competition run by Modeshift and

Children were asked to design a scooter to remind people why scooting to school is a good idea.

Chloe, who loves polar bears, came up with the idea for an icy blue themed scooter to remind people that gliding to school, instead of driving, reduces car fumes and pollution and so helps to protect arctic animals.

We have done lots of work in school about keeping healthy and looking after our planet.

We plan to use the micro scooters we have won to allow children to practice their scooter skills, so hopefully even more children will be inspired to follow Chloe’s example and scoot to school.


Ladycross helps scoop scooter award!

We are proud to join Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart team to celebrate their success at winning the national Modeshift award for their work to promote scooting.

The award recognised the creative way the Travel Smart team work with parents and pupils at schools like Ladycross, as well as with businesses to show that scooting to school is a healthier and more environmentally friendly way to travel than using a car.

At Ladycross the Travel Smart travel team worked with pupils and social enterprise Brightkidz to help remind children of the importance of being safe and seen when riding their scooter.

Brightkidz supplied us with lots of off cut florescent and reflective material. The children used this to decorate their scooter helping to remind them to make sure they dress brightly so they can be seen when scooting to school.