STARS – Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, SafeSTARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.
STARS supports pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.
Why STARS?The average journey to school is less than one kilometre, that's around a 10-minute walk. However, many of these journeys are made by car leading to congestion and an unsafe and polluted environment for us all. By swapping car journeys for active travel, together STARS schools can make a real difference to our city and support the Mayor's vision for Healthy Streets.
Be part of the solutionSince the accreditation scheme started in 2007, STARS schools' pupils, parents/carers and staff have replaced over 22 million kilometres of car journeys with active travel! That's an incredible step towards a healthier, less congested London.
As a STARS school you can expect to see an average 6% reduction in the number of trips made by car to your school; gold and silver accredited schools can see up to 12% reduction
Find out what you need to do to gain bronze, silver or gold STARS accreditation.
Start making a change nowSTARS is open to all London schools and nurseries. To take part in the scheme, you first need to create a STARS Online account. This will put you in touch with your local borough officer who will support you throughout the accreditation process, help you create a School Travel Plan (STP) and select the most suitable activities for your school to address your travel issues and reach your active travel targets. Each activity you complete is a step closer to gaining STARS accreditation.
Activities adaptable to your school's needsThere are over 125 inspiring activities to choose from. These are adaptable to your pupils' needs and your schools' travel concerns.
Furthermore, we have devised a home learning learning grid for EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3. These materials should help you to plan some exciting activities to support key aspects of the STARS programme.
BenefitsThe benefits of joining STARS are:
Contributes to your pupils' 60 minutes a day of physical activity
Increases attendance and attainment
Build young people's influencing skills
Encourage healthier travel behaviours and habits such as walking, scooting and cycling to school
Develop your School Travel Plan providing solutions to your school's travel issues
Create positive travel behaviour change and provides access to funding
Bespoke professional guidance and support from your local borough
Raise the profile of your school, help gain external recognition and contribute to Healthy Schools London Awards Programme
The wider school community
- Reduce congestion around the school site and improve air quality
- Encourage positive travel behaviour change in parents/carers and local residents
- Help develop relationships with community stakeholder groups