Clean air for Thame schools

Working with Thame schools to tackle air pollution and create cleaner air in the town.


Thame Green Living has teamed up with the Cleaner Air Sooner programme to galvanise Thame’s schools to tackle air pollution and create cleaner air in the town.

The Cleaner Air Sooner Programme provides all the resources and guidance to improve air quality at Thame’s schools across six easy-to-follow projects involving pupils – Awareness Raising, Active Travel, Re-imagining Streets (Play Streets, School Streets), Mapping, Idling, and Green Infrastructure. Some are quick wins, and some are longer term projects. We will work with the schools to identify the most appropriate project at each phase.

In June 2021 we have started with an awareness raising assembly and a follow up challenge to walk or cycle to school an extra day a week more than usual. We will work with the schools over the coming years across a range of these projects.


  • To reduce air pollution at schools in Thame (pupils, staff and parents/carers).
  • Raise awareness of the causes and effects of air pollution.
  • Provide simple projects that school pupils can take part in that will result in cleaner air at the school gate.


  • Provided lesson on air pollution to all Thame primary schools (June 2021)
  • Challenge pupils to cycle 1 extra time a week until end of term

Next steps

  • Letter to new cohort of Reception parents, September 2021
  • Potential anti-idling events, Autumn term 2021


Latest project news

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Project Team

  • Tom Knowles (project lead – TGL)
  • Katharine King, Barley Hill School
  • Emma Warner, John Hampden School
  • Lisa Oakley, St Joseph’s School
  • School PTFAs


Get involved

  • Volunteers needed for anti-idling event, Autumn term 2021


Project Partners


Project type:
Clean Air

Project status:

Project start:
Q2 2021

Project end: