Getting to School

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Saves money

Does £367 a year better off sound good? That’s how much sustainable transport charity Sustrans calculates it costs on average per child for the school run if driven to school. Public transport or car-sharing could be more convenient and you could save you a fortune! Alternatively, switch to walking or cycling and you will spend virtually nothing on the school run.

Improve your children’s health

It’s important that children do plenty of physical activity to build a healthy body.  We would like to see all kids do 60 minutes of activity a day to help them stay happy and healthy. The 60 active minutes can be broken up into smaller sessions and along with sports, walking and cycling to school count!

Healthy exercised bodies make healthy minds; research is increasingly showing links between physical fitness and academic achievement. Getting some exercise on the way to school helps children to arrive alert and ready for the day.

Not to mention the benefits for your children’s mental health, too?

Scientists have discovered that exercise makes your brain release chemicals that make you feel good - the same chemicals that you get from antidepressants. For mild depression, research shows that physical activity can be as good as antidepressants or psychological treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Strengthen your children's independence

Catching the bus, riding their bikes or simply walking to school allows children the freedom and ability to start looking after themselves. This sense of independence will enable them to grow up with confidence.

More information is on the Mega Motion pages

If this information has inspired you to walk, cycle or scoot your way to school, please ask your school for information on initiatives they are currently running.  Most schools welcome opportunities to reduce the cars at the school gates.

Useful Links

Living Streets (external link)

Sustrans (external link)



Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.

There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.

Your school may already have signed up to receive Bikeability sessions! Contact your school directly to find out if sessions are scheduled for this year.

To find out more about Bikeability in your area find your contact below.

Darlington 01325 406696

Hartlepool  01429 523259

Middlesbrough 01642 219620 

Redcar & Cleveland  01287 612544

Stockton 01642 526708


To find out more about Bikeability visit the Bikeability website 

Home to School Transport

All councils are required to provide home to school transport, under certain conditions. 

Wherever you live in the Tees Valley, there is a contact responsible for the management of Home to School transport for children who qualify for free transport from mainstream and special education needs from primary school age up to 19 years old.

Click through below to find the contact in your area.




Redcar & Cleveland


Darlington Primary Schools

Darlington Secondary Schools

Travelling to secondary school without mum or dad is many children's first step to independence. We've got lots of information about the benefits of walking or cycling to school and advice on staying safe on the way, plus helpful maps for each of the Darlington secondary schools.


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