A total of 27 schools in Medway took part in this year’s Golden Boot Challenge with Burnt Oak Primary being declared the overall winners – for the second year.

Burnt Oak Primary School, Gillingham triumphed again after achieving an impressive 91.1 per cent walk to school total, an increase of more than six per cent compared to the school’s 2010 result.

The winners were as follows:

Primary school category:
Burnt Oak Primary School, Gillingham – 91.1 per cent of pupils walked

Infant school category:
St Nicholas CEVC Infant School, Strood –79.2 per cent of pupils walked

Junior school category:
Glencoe Junior School, Chatham – 87.8 per cent of pupils walked

Secondary school category:
Greenacre School, Chatham – 74.6 per cent of pupils walked

Special commendation:
Bishop of Rochester Academy, Chatham – 83.1 per cent of pupils in years 7 and 8 walked.

Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “Well done to all the pupils, staff and parents that took part in this challenge. It’s encouraging to see that so many pupils walked to school. I hope they continue to do so even thought the challenge is now complete.

“Walking to school is beneficial to everyone and great way to start the day.”

Presentations have been made to the schools by Medway Council’s Road Safety Team. Certificates will also be sent to all of the schools that took part by way of recognition.

The three-week challenge encourages schools to tally the highest percentage of walks on the school journey. The challenge was held in conjunction with the international “Walk to School Month” campaign.

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