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Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost’s Road Safety Award is an annual award given to primary schools throughout the city that have made a clear commitment to road safety education. Education is the key element in reducing child casualties and every school that support’s this programme will help ensure that every child in Glasgow has the necessary road skills for life.

Last week the Road Safety Awards ceremony took place at the City Chambers and 63 schools were in attendance to receive their awards including several schools in the local area. These included Antonine, Bankhead, Broomhill, Clyde, Corpus Christi, Jordanhill, Langfaulds, St Brendan’s, St Paul’s (Whiteinch) and Thornwood Primary schools. Well done to all the schools!

Each school has undertaken a range of road safety education with support from the Council’s Road Safety Team and others. The school uses a dedicated page on the GoSafeGlasgow.com website where they are able to monitor their progress using traffic light indicators to show their progress for each pupil year group.

For P6 this also includes Bikeability Level 2 on road training and we were delighted to support St Paul’s, Corpus Christi and Bankhead Primaries in their Bikeability programme last year.

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Glasgow has among the highest levels of child poverty in the UK and is hoping to ensure every child has access to a bike by opening a “bike library” in 70 of its primary schools.

Glasgow City Council is planning to buy 1,400 bikes at a cost of £350,000 in a bid to encourage more children to cycle to school. The council has also set aside another £80,000 to cover the cost of employing two people to maintain and repair the bicycles.

The scheme – which will see each school involved receiving 20 bikes – has been introduced at the suggestion of Green councillors in the city. The schools that will be targeted are those already signed up to cycling proficiency scheme, Bikeability Scotland, with the bikes likely to be loaned out to a child for the entire school year.

Martha Wardrop, the Green councillor for Glasgow’s Hillhead, told Tes Scotland that although cycling to school was on the rise in Glasgow the city’s figures remained lower than Edinburgh’s.

The percentage of students who cycled to school in Glasgow rose from 1.4 per cent in 2008 to 2.8 per cent in 2016, according to the Hands Up Scotland Survey conducted annually by walking and cycling charity, Sustrans Scotland. But the percentage of students who cycled to school in Edinburgh in 2016 was 5.7 per cent, the survey found.

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Following the recent public consultation on the proposed new school campus on the existing St Brendan’s Primary school site the council have published the responses.StBrendansPS

The proposed re-development will see the closure of Garscadden and Yoker Primary schools, Thirlstane and Kelso nurseries and building a new non-denominational primary school and nursery as part of the campus on the St Brendan’s site.

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Glasgow City Council is currently consulting on proposals to build a new school campus on the existing site of St Brendan’s Primary School.GCC logo

The proposed re-development will see the closure of Garscadden and Yoker Primary schools, Thirlstane and Kelso nurseries and building a new non-denominational primary school and nursery as part of the campus on the St Brendan’s site.

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