Going for Gold

Going for Gold

About this activity

Suitable for all Silver and Gold accredited schools and nurseries.

Has your school gone the extra mile to make significant and lasting change to sustainable, active travel? This is your opportunity to tell us why you deserve Gold STARS accreditation. 

A Gold STARS school demonstrates the highest level of participation and involvement. Active travel activities are identifiably engrained as part of the school’s culture and widely embraced.

To achieve the STARS Gold accreditation level you must tell your ‘Going for Gold’ story via this activity card, demonstrating an exceptional level of participation and progress in at least one of the following categories:

  • walking/scooter
  • cycling
  • road safety
  • smarter driving
  • public transport
  • student-led project

For student-led projects, you and your school travel working group can support your Junior or Youth Travel Ambassadors (JTA/YTA) to plan, develop and carry out travel activities at your school.

Read how Cooper’s Company and Coborn School demonstrated excellence in their student-led project to encourage more pupils (female pupils in particular) to cycle to school.

Read how secondary special school Riverside achieved Gold by getting their pupils cycling, increasing their confidence and concentration both on wheels and in class.

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas and discuss your potential areas of excellence
  • Sign in to STARS to add your Going for Gold story. Demonstrate the impact that your STARS work has had on the school and the wider community. Have you challenged perceptions or changed the way people travel to a more sustainable way? Explain your activity and upload any relevant documents and photographs that show what you did

Activity steps

Go for Gold
With your school travel working group and borough officer discuss your ideas for achieving or renewing your STARS Gold accreditation
Pupil power
Involve your JTA/YTA. Ask them to tell your story on this activity card and gather examples of evidence to show case your work
Check for success
What impact has the activity had on the way pupils travel to school? Has it helped reduce congestion or increased pupils’ road safety knowledge?
Tell your story
Add your story to the STARS website and feedback to your borough officer

How it helps

  • Supports with Gold accreditation
  • Opportunity for JTA/YTA involvement


Useful links, templates and case studies to support this activity