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3 April 2009
Nab Wood High School near Bingley is the latest recipient of a
Metro SAFEMark award for promoting good behaviour on its school
SAFEMark is given to those schools which make a commitment to
improve safety and the behaviour of pupils on school and regular
Metro's SAFEMark team runs the scheme in partnership with local
bus operating companies and West Yorkshire Police.
"Congratulations to Nab Wood on gaining the award,"
said Councillor Chris Greaves Metro's Chairman. "It's very well
"A lot of hard work to reach the SAFEmark standard has been made
and I know that staff from the school, First and Metro's Education
Transport team have put in a lot of effort into getting to this
"Metro believes that it's young people who are the best
advertisement for public transport - buses and trains - because if
we can make the home-to-school run safer and more enjoyable, then
it's a habit that will stick with them for the rest of their
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.
Phil Thornton, from service operator First, said "Nab Wood has
become one of the best performing schools in Bradford, regarding
transport. This is a real credit to all the agencies involved, but
more so than ever to the students at this school who have
demonstrated pride in themselves and the school."
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