PUPILS at a primary school near Chard took part in Walk to School week last month.

Children at St Mary’s CE Primary Academy in Thorncombe walked, cycled, rode a scooter and ran to school from May 17 until 21.

Walk to School week is a campaign to encourage pupils to travel to school sustainably.

A spokesperson from Living Streets, the charity who have organised the Walk To School Week campaign, said: “Walking has so many benefits from physical to mental wellbeing; aiding concentration and creativity and creating safer, less polluted and more welcoming streets.

“All that makes for a happy, healthy child set up for success in and out of the classroom.”

Emily Smith, head of St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, added: “Children at St Mary’s have been participating in Walk to School Week, with some children cycling several miles to school and one child getting up at 6am in order to walk three miles – and thoroughly enjoying the journey.

“We are prioritising and celebrating physical activity as a vital part of our Curriculum here at St Mary’s and we are delighted at the children’s enthusiasm and enjoyment in taking part.”

Yeovil Express: WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK: Pupils at St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Thorncombe

Yeovil Express: WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK: Pupils at St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Thorncombe

Yeovil Express: WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK: Pupils at St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Thorncombe