Hawick youngsters step out to win awards

Scottish Borders Council infrastructure manager Colin Ovens and network manager Brian Young with Ross Lothian and Lucy Brennan of Hawick High School.
Scottish Borders Council infrastructure manager Colin Ovens and network manager Brian Young with Ross Lothian and Lucy Brennan of Hawick High School.

Pupils at 10 schools across the region, including two in Hawick, put their best feet forward to earn accolades at this year’s Scottish Borders Council active school travel awards.

Nine primaries were given shields for having the highest percentage of pupils travelling in by either walking, cycling or using a scooter, and Hawick High won the prize competed for by the region’s nine high schools.

Scottish Borders Council infrastructure manager Colin Ovens and network manager Brian Young with  Burnfoot Community School's Skye Clears and Lana Painter.

Scottish Borders Council infrastructure manager Colin Ovens and network manager Brian Young with Burnfoot Community School's Skye Clears and Lana Painter.

The winners were decided using data provided by a national survey and collated by Sustrans.

Besides Hawick High, this year’s winners included the town’s Burnfoot Community School.

The council’s executive member for education, Galashiels councillor Sandy Aitchison, said: “These awards aim to recognise the efforts of pupils, teachers and parents in actively travelling to school.

“Well done to all the winners, and I hope to see another year of active travel by schools throughout the Borders.”