Top Schools Awards

Every year, the Top Schools Awards recognise London schools that have gone above and beyond in encouraging and promoting active travel. This year, 200 schools across the capital entered - all meeting a very high standard.


Top Schools Awards 2024

Our Top Schools Awards took place on Tuesday 21 May 2024 at the Kennington Oval for the big Awards ceremony. It was a chance for us to recognise creativity, impact and commitment to active travel by the 27 regional finalist schools.

The morning started with our fabulous compare Chad Dunham, and Will Norman, introducing the day and presenting our first award. We then went straight into a 'Design for Change' session led by Sau-Fun Mo who demonstrated how to design impactful campaign posters!  We are so excited that these posters will be on display in the London Transport Museum throughout May Half-Term!

We were also delighted to welcome the TfL Youth Panel to speak and share their experiences with the schools.  It was incredibly inspiring. After lunch, our very own Michael Kitchen led the fantastic 'Voices for Change' session leading a workshop on how body language and gestures can help to communicate messages more powerfully.  Our fantastic team of STEM Ambassadors supporting the students brilliantly, as did our whole TfL Travel for Life team! Accreditation team! Here's what one pupil had to say about their experience:

'I loved today’s event and I am even more encouraged to keep on going to make an impact’.

The day was a fantastic success with some wonderful and inspiring questions being raised by the pupils, such as: How is TfL planning to create a greener community whilst staying affordable?’. We are really looking forward to sharing the feedback from our Team to these amazing questions and pledges.

Top Schools 2024

These awards recognised schools’ engagement, efforts and innovation with the accreditation programme.

Congratulations to all our Top Schools Finalists!

Top Schools Champion:

Hazelbury Primary School - North London

Discovery Primary School- South East London

Crofton Primary School - South London

West Acton Primary School -West London 

Best Campaign:

Claremont Primary School - North London 

Benhurst Primary School- East London

Bullers' Wood Boys School- South London

Alperton Community School - West London

Best Newcomer:

Mayville Primary School - North London

Beal High School- East London

Wandsworth Preparatory School - South London 

Belmore Primary School - West London -

Creativity and Innovation:

Kingsmead School - North London

St Angela's Ursuline School- East London

Darrick Wood Junior School South London 

Oaklands Primary School - West London

Long Term Excellence:

Mission Grove Primary School - North London

Eglinton Primary School- East London 

Alexandra Junior School - South London

Sudbury Primary School - West London  

Modeshift Impact:

Kingsmead School- North London

Suttons Primary School- East London

Emanuel School - South London

Guru Nanak Sikh Academy-  West London 

Student Achievement

Gillespie Primary School - North London

Gaynes School - East London

Overton Grange - South London

Ada Lovelace - West London 

TfL Travel for Life Top Schools Awards - Overall London Winning School:

Seven London schools have been recognised as overall winners in their categories at TfL's Top Schools awards:


Belmore Primary Academy in Hillingdon, which joined the programme in 2022, won the Best Newcomer award for incorporating road safety messaging and sustainable travel into its school ethos. 

Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, also in Hillingdon, won the Mode Shift Impact award for reducing car use, having pushed the message to the wider school community.  

Oaklands Primary School in Ealing won the Creativity and Innovation award for its training programme on pedestrian safety.   

Bullers Wood School in Bromley scooped the Best Campaign award with its campaign to reduce car use and increase active travel, and easy-to-read Active Travel Zone map.  

Discovery Primary School in Greenwich won the Best School Champion for Cheryl Van Cooten, a staff member who led by example, documenting her own journey to school. 

Gillespie Primary School in Islington was the victor in the Student Achievement category for a student group which has delivered assemblies on active travel for all key stages.  

Finally, the Long-Term Excellence award went to Mission Grove Primary School in Waltham Forest, which has maintained its Gold status for 16 consecutive years. 

TfL Travel for Life Top Schools 2024

All schools are divided into four regions, North, South, East and West

TfL Top Schools 2024: