LARMENIER and Sacred Heart Primary School has become the first in London to be receive a top award for encouraging pupils to hop on their bikes.
The school, in Brook Green, were awarded the silver School Mark Award by charity Sustrans after tripling the number of youngsters travelling to and from school on bikes.
Councillor Frances Stainton, borough mayor, handed out the prize at a special party at the school last Friday (30/9).
Children, parents and teachers watched as Mrs Stainton pulled up to the school in a rickshaw powered by school travel advisor Richard Evans.
Pupils also got into the spirit by decorating their bikes with foil and silver paper to mark their achievements.
Councillor Stainton said: “I am delighted that the school has won this award which recognises the wonderful work it has done to encourage more pupils to cycle to and from school.”
The charity has been work in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Council and 16 schools in the borough for the past two years and organise classroom activities to give children lessons on how to cycle safely.
When they began working at Larmenier and Sacred Heart, just 23 per cent of pupils cycled to school while the current figure is up to 65 per cent and rising.
Owen Powell, Sustrans Bike It officer at the school, said: “I am so proud of the pupils, staff and parents at Larmenier for achieving this fantastic award.
“More than a third of pupils now cycle regularly to school and parents and teachers have been running lots of events to help support them.
“The school is now working towards becoming the first school in the country to go for the gold award.”