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CLEARING THE AIR

As part of the Mayor’s ambition to tackle poor air quality, a Clean Air Audit has been commissioned to identify a combination of hard-hitting measures and quick-win solutions to help protect pupils’ health from poor air quality, and examine new ways to lower emissions and exposure to pollution in and around primary schools.

You can find the full results at

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/saq_report_-_st_stephens_cofe_richmond_-_mcc_review.pdf

The Governors and the School are consulting with many agencies to investigate how we can tap into funding to make improvements.

The audit identified some really positive observations - all of our classrooms are south facing, away from the A316; the playground is screened from the road by the main building; the cycle/scooter parking is well used and over one fifth of staff members travel to / from school by cycle.

One of the recommendations that has come out of the audit’s findings are to trial a ‘School Street’ on Winchester Rd to significantly reduce traffic flow during peak hours associated with the school. This would be enforced by CCTV and is being trialled by a number of other Local Authorities, including Hammersmith & Fulham.  In addition, they have suggested installing additional green screening/climbers around the playground which we are already progressing.

Of course, any work on the school infrastructure costs money and we are always working hard to   generate additional income to cover these costs. But you can also do your   part, by increasing how often you walk or cycle into school, by turning   your engines off if you are waiting near the school in your car and by  generally taking a few car journeys around the local area as possible