Schools and colleges

Mini Holland schools cycling

With half of all car trips made in outer London being less than two miles and the school run now accounting for at least one in every five cars on London’s roads, the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme aims to increase sustainable forms of transport and encourage more people to walk and cycle.

We recognise that schools and colleges are important to the successful delivery of the improved infrastructure, and the much needed cultural change to get more people walking and cycling regularly, especially for the daily ‘school runs’.

We have been working with local schools to encourage staff, parents and pupils to travel to school in a more sustainable way. We have been encouraging schools to take part in the Transport for London STARS programme. In 2018 more than 50 schools had achieved an accredited status.

Schools interested in more information about how the council can support TfL STARS accreditation are invited to email:

School Streets

School Streets involve temporarily closing one or more roads surrounding a school to most vehicles for a short period at the start and end of the school day, typically 45 minutes to one hour. These schemes help to reduce congestion around schools, improve road safety and air quality. More information can be found here.

Walk to School Week 2019

This year’s National Walk to School Week is taking place 20-24 May and Waltham Forest Council’s Behaviour Change team has invited all schools to take part in the initiative.

Nationally less than half of primary school children walk to school, but in Waltham Forest the majority of our schools have a catchment area of less than a mile. We know walking to school makes children feel happier and healthier and helps to reduce congestion and pollution outside the school gates. We want to see every child that can, walk to school.

This year 52 of the borough's 55 primary schools across the borough signed up to Walk to School Week and almost 25,000 children took to the streets for the week.

Children were challenged to walk at least a mile each day (only 20 minutes) and to collect walking stickers from their teacher.