THE headteacher of a Southend high school has said "pupils are safer" with more than 150 now cycling to school.

Robin Bevan, head of Southend High School for Boys, said when he first started as a headteacher, barely any pupils cycled to school.

But now the school has increased its bike shed capacity with more than 150 pupils now cycling to school, and that they are safer for it.


It comes as pupils return to school for the new term following their summer break.

He said: "15 years ago, when I started as a headteacher, only ten pupils cycled to school...

"Today, first day of term, and our expanded bike sheds are almost full - 150+.

"It's healthier, cheaper, faster, greener, and - with a good route chosen - safer too."