The STARS Challenge

The STARS Challenge

About this activity

Suitable for all Secondary School Pupils (KS3-KS5)

The STARS Secondary Challenge is a free programme designed to reduce car usage and to equip young people aged 11 to 18 with the skills and confidence to lead their peers and influence parents in tackling travel issues in their school community. There are 3 core objectives:

  • ACTIVE: Raise awareness of the environmental, health and wellbeing benefits of Active Travel and encourage more students to walk, scoot or cycle.
  • RESPONSIBLE: Encourage responsible and respectful use of the transport network.
  • SAFE: Increase awareness of safety when travelling around London.

The STARS Challenge is an ideal opportunity for any student wishing to increase their confidence and gain experience of presenting as part of a small supportive group of their peers.  We recommend a group of 6 – 12 students which can be from any year group in the school and can sometimes work well as a mixed age group.

The STARS Challenge can fit well into the agenda of Eco Clubs, Green Societies and School Councils. However, it can also be ideal for students who have not had an opportunity to shine in other areas of their school life.

This is a free programme to all participating Secondary Schools.

Activity steps

Get started
Contact your Borough Officer to find out about your eligibility for the STARS Challenge. Please note that places are limited . Minimum requirement is for a school be currently STARS engaged, STARS accredited or with STARS registration pending.
Await confirmation that your school has been given a place on the STARS Challenge for this academic year 21/22. A member of the STARS team will arrange the dates for the STARS Challenge sessions
Prepare for the sessions by exploring the resources provided within the links section of this card. Identify your STARS Challenge team and your teacher lead for the STARS Challenge sessions. Please keep your School STARS champion updated.
Get active
Use your STARS Challenge training to deliver the STARS Challenge to your whole school community via assemblies, form time presentations and other activities.
Wider Opportunities
Attend the webinars to share your experiences, and to learn more about the SSAT Student Leadership Accreditation.
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and your School Champion coordinator and add your story to the STARS website


  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Independent travel

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • A healthier school community and lower car use
  • Increased awareness of safety when travelling
  • STARS recognition for all participating schools
  • Recognition for students: Bronze Certificate(SSAT)