A drive to get more people out of their cars on the school-run continues to pick up pace.
Abbeyfields First School is on a mission to reduce congestion around its gates and encourage more families to walk, scoot or cycle.
Initiatives have included erecting a large banner, organising a welly walk, encouraging those living closest to the school to walk and those coming from further away to ‘park and stride’, covering the last bit of their journey on foot.
Every Friday over the last half-term parents and pupils met at various spots offered by businesses and other groups, such as The Sun Inn, Riverside Lodge and Renwick House, to walk together.
Many of the ideas have been led by pupils in the School Council, who have also made postcards asking people to park considerately.
Now the youngsters have found nine residents willing to offer their driveways for parking, and soon they will carry out a traffic survey of the school community.
The school also hopes more people will park and stride now that town centre car parks are free.
Headteacher Sandra Ford said: “We have done an awful lot of work to encourage walking to school because, like every school in Northumberland, we have a problem with parking and traffic.
“It has been a full year’s project and all sorts of people have helped us. It is definitely making the congestion better.”