More than 100 schools received special accreditation for reducing car use by their schools.

Schools have been given STARS accreditation by Transport for London (TfL) for introducing initiatives to reduce car emissions and encourage greener ways of commuting to school.

There were 105 schools which were given accreditation with 93 receiving gold, 19 silver and 23 bronze, which is the highest number awarded to Barnet schools since the scheme began in 2007.

The levels are based on how many travel activities have been completed and their success in reducing car use.

Cllrr Dean Cohen, chairman of Barnet Council's environment committee, said: "Congratulations to everyone who was involved in making this happen.

"This is a great achievement from our schools and one which shows our borough is committed to reducing air pollution, having also been awarded Cleaner Air Borough status by the Mayor of London.

"It’s positive seeing our schools leading by example and I encourage all residents to look at ways you can also help improve air quality in Barnet."

One school to receive special recognition was Whitefield School in Claremont Road, Cricklewood, who has been shortlisted for the Top Schools Awards, a further accolade given to those  helping to promote green ways of commuting to school.

Their school travel plan includes new cycling groups and initiatives to ensure pupils get to school safely.

For more information on how you can help keep neighbourhoods clean and green through council initiatives visit the Barnet Council website.