Pupils juggle school and activity levels

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Pupils from ten South Yorkshire schools will walk to school with performers from Green Top Circus, as part of a ten day active travel challenge.

School children from St Wilfrids, Stocksbridge Infant and Junior, Southey Green and Shooters Grove - among many others - will see performers spinning plates, balancing and juggling, as they travel to school as part of the initiative, which aims to reduce congestion and traffic levels outside the school gates and improve pupils’ health and fitness.

The schools won a visit from the circus performers after entering a photo competition to show how they are promoting active travel. Winning photo entries included pictures of pupils taking part in bike maintenance workshops, scooting in superhero fancy dress and walking to school as pirates.

Kerry Pearson, a teacher at St Wilfrids primary school, said: “The active travel challenge is a great way of encouraging more of our pupils to walk to school. We are aiming to make it a fun event and really hope it will encourage our pupils to walk to school more often in the future.”