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School goes traffic-free for Clean Air Day

Children at Glebelands Primary school are enjoying a traffic-free street. Credit: Leicester City Council

Children at a school in Leicester are enjoying a traffic-free street as part of national Clean Air Day.

Glebelands Primary, in Beaumont Leys, worked with the city council to close the road outside the school and take its classes to the street.

Chancel Road has been closed from the early hours of this morning and will re-open at 5pm on Clean Air Day (June 21).

Pupils, parents, guardians and school staff were encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school and leave the car at home.

People who needed to drive were asked to park away from the school and complete their journeys on foot.

The whole school was able to use the closed street for an outdoor assembly, playtimes, chalk art and an introduction to ‘kerby’ – a traditional ball game played across the road.

“The day took a great deal of planning and preparation but the support we received from Sustrans, Leicester City Council and the whole school community made it all worthwhile.

It helped the children to consider our impact on the environment and how we can make it a greener and safer place to live".

– Headteacher Lawrence Lee