Children’s Health in London and Luton (CHILL) Study

A group of academics from King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London has invited the school to take part in a study into the health benefits of the new Ultra Low Emission Zone. The study will involve children from Years 2, 3, and 4. To date, over 35 schools across central London and Luton have already taken part. 

At St Anne’s, we are very committed to promoting the good health of all members of our community. Being able to breathe clean air has been shown to be very important to overall health and is particularly important to the development of children’s lungs. As in many big cities, the air in London can be very polluted and in our local area coaches and lorries heading into and out of central London are adding to the emissions that comes from the many other vehicles on our roads. We are therefore very supportive of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone which is being introduced in central London from April 2019, to discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles and encourage walking, cycling or using public transport with the aim of reducing pollution.

Studies, such as the CHILL study, can provide valuable information to help us tackle this problem. The researchers will be carrying out a simple test to check our children’s lungs and general health once a year for up to four years. Ite It will provide parents with useful information about their children’s health and development. A member of staff will be present during the tests and children may opt out of the tests at any time. In addition to the testing, each class will also be working with scientists in a workshop on air quality.

We are holding an information session for children and parents/carers on Tuesday 13th November at 3.45pm in the school hall. Parents/carers will receive an information pack and be able to meet some of the researchers who will be able to answer any questions they may have.

Parents who give consent for their children to participate and return their signed consent before the first test day on 11th December, will receive a £5 Sainsbury’s voucher and will help the school earn £1000 for taking part in the study. We hope that all parents/carers will support this important study related to the health of our children.

News article by BBC –