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SAFEMark is given to those schools which make a
commitment to improve safety and the behaviour of pupils on school
and regular bus services. Metro's SAFEMark team runs the scheme in
partnership with local bus operating companies and West Yorkshire
"I'm delighted that Todmorden has gained this award," said
Metro's Calderdale Spokesman Councillor Geoff Wainwright.
"Metro's SAFEMark scheme rewards secondary schools for taking
public transport seriously by making a commitment to improve safety
and the behaviour of pupils on school and regular bus services.
This award demonstrates Todmorden's dedication to forging links
with the local community and also serves as a good example of what
can be achieved through a partnership approach."
Receiving the award for Todmorden High School, Deputy
Headteacher John Botterill said: "We are delighted to receive this
award by Metro, the drive to reach the Award standard has come from
the pupils themselves. Since signing up to the scheme, pupils have
improved on their already good behaviour, and the Award is a just
recognition of that. The service is very much appreciated by our
pupils and their families and we are very proud to receive this
Award and look forward to continuing our work with Metro in
promoting the SAFEMark scheme."
Todmorden School reached the required standard for the award
- actively promoting SAFEMark through parents' evenings and the
school's web site;
- nominating on-bus pupils to monitor the scheme
- producing a handbook to make sure all school staff know who to
contact and what to do;
- regularly liaising with service operators, First, on any
SAFEMark is one element of Metro's drive to improve public
transport and cut road congestion across West Yorkshire. The school
run is currently responsible for 1 in 5 cars on the road at peak
times and Metro is reducing that figure through schemes such as
SAFEMark and My bus yellow buses, which encourage pupils and
parents to choose public transport for the home-to-school