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Mount St Mary's Catholic High School in Leeds is
the latest recipient of a Metro SAFEMark award for promoting good
behaviour on its school buses.
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 Police.
"I'm delighted that Mount St Mary's has gained this award," said
Giles Nightingale, Metro's Assistant Director, Corporate Services.
"I know how much hard work goes into earning one.
"A SAFEMark award recognises the hard work by the students and
also acknowledges the work in planning and commitment by the
teachers to the scheme."
Mount St Mary's school SAFEMark co-ordinator,
Seamus Daly said: "We are delighted to receive this award from
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."
Mount St Mary's School reached the required standard for the
- actively promoting SAFEMark through parents' evenings and the
school's web site;
- producing a handbook to make sure all school staff know who to
contact and what to do;
- regularly liaising with service operators, First and Geldards
on any incidents.
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
More information about Metro's SAFEMark scheme can be found in
the Schools and Colleges section of Metro's web site at www.wymetro.com