A school must have a Travel Plan to promote safe and healthy journeys to school which in turn, can also help to reduce the use of the car and impact of the ‘school run’.
Walk to School Guide for Parents
Our school has had a Walk to School initiative since 2005. In January 2009 we launched our Park and Stride Zone which is approximately a 5 minute walk to school. The Safer routes to School project in Summer 2009 saw the improvement, resurfacing and widening of the Black Path to provide a safe and pleasant route to school.
The school take part in road safety training including Child Pedestrian Training (Year 3) and Cycle training by Bikeability (Year 5). The school Cycle Permit Scheme launched in April 2011 ensures that children who cycle to school do so safely, wearing protective helmets and on well maintained bikes. Any child who gets 3 breach cards for not following the Code of Conduct will lose the privilege to cycle to school for a set period.
The pupils have a very large role in our Travel Plan and their ideas and concerns are always considered. The children work with the School Management Team to make improvements and to retain support for the Plan. The Junior Road Safety Officers, the Walk to School Monitors (Sam’s Stars) and the Eco Council work with Mrs A Nicholson nad Mrs Helen Neale (Teachers) to make sure that our pupils are travelling to school in a sustainable and safe manner. We have been accepted onto the Modeshift award scheme and are already at Bronze Stage and working towards Silver.
For more information on each section of the Travel Plan and Cycle Permit Scheme please click on the downloads below:
Cycling to School
As the UN stresses in the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Cycling helps to secure children’s needs and rights , because:
- Cycling means that children are physically active, can explore their communities and learn about their environment; cycling means that children create essential benefits for their physical and social development.
- Cycling allows children to explore their environment and more fully access their communities, move longer distances, and travel to school, shops, parks and other places important to the daily lives of children.
- Cycling, and other forms of active transportation, means that children can create a substantial contribution to the livability, safety and prosperity of their neighborhoods, towns, cities and the environment.
The undersigned, on the occasion of the Velo-city Global 2012 conference in Vancouver, call on the United Nations and all governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and institutes
- To adopt a goal to improve the situation of children around the world in part through sustainable transport policies and strategies;
- To include cycling as part of all sustainable transport policies and strategies;
- To adopt a target of providing opportunities to cycle for all people around the world;
- To promote active mobility for people of all ages and abilities and to improve the safety and accessibility of roads and public spaces, especially for children;
- To develop and promote programs that encourage walking and cycling to school;
- To develop and provide cycling skills training to all children at an early age; and
- To cooperate closely with cycling advocacy and promotion organizations and other citizens’ organizations to encourage more children to cycle more often
Events in school to promote sustainable journeys to school.
Teacher responsible: Mrs H Neale.
- Dogs Trust campaign to Sccop the Poop. June 2013.
- Free Bike Repair Workshop tbc
- International Walk to School Month October
- The Big Pedal
- Walk to School Week May 2013
- Junior Road Safety Officers Elections July 2013 Regular competitions and raising awareness assemblies led by the children
- On going Change4life
- Ongoing Bike/Scooter Permit Schemes
- Walk to School National and International campaigns will be supported.
- Cycling Code of Conduct
- Cycle Permit Scheme
- Staindrop CE Primary – Travel Plan
- Travel Plan Appendix – Traffic Calming
Walk to School Week
Walk to School Week Mon 20th to Friday 24th of May
Walk to School Week 2013 takes place as part of National Walking Month each May, bringing together nearly one million schoolchildren, teachers and parents. This year’s Walk to School Week runs from Mon 20 – Fri 24 May and promises to be the biggest and best yet!
We are challenging the children to walk for 5 days in a row. Walking to and from school every day. “Walking” constitutes beginning the journey at home/child minders/nursery or from outside the 5 minute walking (park and stride) zone. Any child using Educational Transport (Bus or Taxi) will be counted as walking as they do not have an option. Any child biking or scooting to/from school will also gain a mark as they are travelling to school ecologically.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that “school traffic” should not enter Black Swan Wynd during school drop off or collection times. There is not sufficient parking or access to allow cars to enter and exit safely. The majority of our parents do walk or park and stride and we would like to thank you for your continued support , the remainder who persist to drive up to the school gates and park in the Black Swan car park or on Broumley Court we would like you to reconsider your actions. Each week we have at least one report of a child who has been put in danger because of congestion; drivers unable to see small children, cars exiting the car park over the pavement, near misses when cars reverse. Even if you are running late, we will happily watch your children until you arrive.
Thank you in anticipation of your support in this matter.