What is Modeshift STARS?

How does it work

Established in 2007, Modeshift is a national membership organisation that specialises in sustainable and active travel, and provides behaviour change support for those working with children, young people, families, school communities, educational establishments and workplaces.

Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) provides a framework for the implementation of sustainable and active school travel activities. It is an online system that helps schools to input the information they need to produce a nationally recognised Travel Plan. It is a national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable transport.


The STARS national accreditation scheme offers three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

The more sustainable initiatives which the schools organise, the higher accreditation that the school will be able to achieve. These initiatives are split into two categories, Sustainable Travel Initiatives.

Sustainable Travel Initiatives focus on topics such as Cycling/ Scooting, Walking, Road Safety & Training, Air Quality, Public Transport.

Supporting Initiatives include Promotion, Curriculum and Partnerships.

  • To gain a Bronze accreditation schools need to demonstrate 10 Sustainable Travel Initiatives and 5 supporting initiative.
  • For Silver, 20 Sustainable Travel Initiatives and 10 supporting
  • For Gold 25 Sustainable Travel Initiatives and 15 supporting.

Bronze accreditation lasts for 1 year, Silver for 2 years and Gold for 3 years.

If you are interested, please fill out the Modeshift registration form and please return to schooltravelplanning@buckinghamshire.gov.uk