Eight Bexley schools have been given the gold standard after excelling in negotiating travel plans for their students.

The group including Bedonwell Infant School, Harris Academy Falconwood, Northumberland Heath Primary School, Oakwood School, Peareswood Primary, St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary, St Stephen's Catholic Primary and Willow Bank Primary School, were all congratulated by Mayor Sybil Camsey on Monday at the Civic Offices.

To gain a gold accreditation schools must complete a minimum of a travel survey, 25 different travel initiatives, 15 supporting activities and hold eight different consultations.

Cllr Camsey spoke to the students about her journey to school as a young girl, and recognised the difficulties families now face in finding alternatives or compromises from travelling in cars on the school run.

The aim of school travel plans is to increase the levels of active and sustainable travel, and in turn make a big difference to the wellbeing and health of children, their families and school staff.