Walk to School Initiatives

STOP, DROP & GO

In attempt to alleviate some of the parking and congestion issues around the school and following a meeting with our Safer Schools Officer at Shropshire Council, from Monday 8th May, we will be trialling a new Stop, Drop & Go on service on a MONDAY and TUESDAY morning. This will operate from a designated drop off point from 8:35am to 8:50am and open to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

The drop-off point will be clearly marked on the kerb outside the gate directly in front of the school hall on Longslow Road. Here, parents and carers will be allowed to temporarily stop vehicles to let pupils out onto the pavement where the will be met by two members of staff who will accompany them into school via the library door to proceed to their classes.

No booking required, however for the safety of your child, please ensure before letting children out, a member of staff present.

The ultimate goal of Stop, Drop & Go is to provide a safe manner in which our students arrive at school, exit their cars and enter the school grounds.

PLEASE REMEMNBER ….

DO, approach the stop point before the mini roundabout on Longslow Road with the school on your left. Never come from the opposite direction.

DON’T, drop off your child on the opposite side of the road.

DO, yield to pedestrians.  Many of our families walk to school and the roads and pavements will be busy at drop off time.

DO, drive slowly, queue up and wait in line to reach the drop off point.

DO, wait for adult helpers to open the door for you.

DO, get hugs and kisses out of the way before your child exits the car.

DON’T, get out of the car to help your child. Don’t put belongings in your boot. We want to keep our line of cars moving fluidly.

DO, keep conversations and small talk to a minimum as we are trying to keep the line moving. Chit-chat will hold things up…

DON’T, move out of the line. Please wait for the car in front of you to drive away before moving off. ALWAYS check your side view mirror and look behind you before driving AWAY.

DO, DO, DO – Arrive to the Stop, Drop & Go service between 8:35 and 8:50am.

DO NOT wait until the last minute to arrive to school.

 

 

WOW Launch.docx

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 A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it's less than half.

We want to reverse this decline and want children to be energised and empowered and to make walking to school their natural choice.

As a result, from the beginning of November we are re-introducing the Walk to School initiative, promoted by UK charity Living Streets, to all children in Reception to Year 2. This is a county-wide campaign, encouraging both children and adults to take more physical exercise and to reduce the number of cars outside schools at busy times.

Children will earn a 'footprint' badge if they walk to school every Wednesday each month. We appreciate that this is not always possible, however you could park your car at either the Methodist Church on Shrewsbury Street/Clive Road or in the OVERFLOW carpark located at the Youth Centre on Drayton Grove (not the Youth Centre car park itself) and walk the 'last stretch'.

 

For children who do not have an opportunity to walk to school to earn their badges, you can walk with them around the perimeter of the main school playground, therefore participating in the physical activity. 

WOW, Walk on Wednesday, badges are designed by school children and manufactured in the UK from recycled yoghurt pot material. January sees the launch of the design a badge competition. Further details will follow allowing your child to take part.

In May, schools across the UK will be encouraged to take in 'Happy Shoeday' where children and staff will be encouraged to wear their happiest shoes to school and donate £1 to Living Streets. It's a lot of fun and a great chance to get people talking and thinking about walking. Money raised will support their work across the UK, tackling issues such as air pollution, road safety, isolation and health problems.    

Join us, thousands of schools and around one million pupils across the UK to make walking the natural choice and part of every child's daily routine. We do hope that you enjoy walking to school with your children and encourage others to join in!

 

Walking Bus Launch

Walking Bus Letter Oct 2016.docx

In conjunction with our WOW, Walk on Wednesdays campaign, you may have heard about Walking Buses - several have been running successfully for many years at schools around Shropshire and in other parts of the country.  We have set up a FREE of charge Walking Bus on WEDNESDAYS for the children of the Infant School in Reception to Year 2 from the beginning of the new term in November.

What is a Walking Bus?

A walking bus consists of a group of children, escorted by at least two adults including a 'driver' at the front and a 'conductor' at the back, walking along an agreed route into school.  Parents drop off their children at a designated place at a scheduled time, thus keeping cars away from the school gates.  Both children and adults are issued with fluorescent jackets making the bus eye catching and clearly visible to motorists.

What are the benefits?

  • Your children will benefit by getting regular exercise (giving long term health benefits), developing important road safety skills and being with friends and so developing confidence and social skills.  We know from experience at other schools that walking buses are very popular with younger children.
  • The Walking Bus will be helping reduce congestion outside the school and create a safer environment for the children and families walking into school.
  • Parents will benefit by having a little more time in the morning without the usual complete "school run".

How is a Walking Bus set up?
Shropshire Council will help us set up a Walking Bus, provide training, route safety assessments, fluorescent jackets and insurance.  However, we need volunteers who are happy to support staff (and willing to have a DBS check) to walk with the children as "drivers" and "conductors".  Volunteers will have training and support - you won't be on your own!

The Walking Bus will initially operate on a WEDNESDAY and will start with a short route from the Youth Centre on Drayton Grove. We are however keen to expand these if popular to Clive Road and Frogmore Road. If wanting to use the facility, please park in the OVERFLOW car park at the Youth Centre (not the main car park). 
Children can be dropped off between 8:30am and 8:40am.

Please note that for health and safety reasons, we are unable to take volunteers who have either buggies or have younger children with them.

No booking is required, just turn up and use the facility.

If you have any questions in relation to the above, please contact the school office.

 

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