Message from Bucks Fire and Rescue:
Please Let Us Through’….
It has been proved recently in a local incident that inconsiderate parking can cause life-threatening delays to emergency service vehicles that are trying to reach a school.
Please can you ensure that you park in designated car parks in the village and avoid the roads around the schools so that we can keep the access to the schools and local houses clear.
We currently hold a Level 3 Gold School Travel Plan.
The school travel plan also links to the healthy schools initiative by encouraging children to make walking an integral part of each school day.
The WOW initiative encourages pupils to walk all or part of the way to school every Wednesday. In the second half of each term we use a wide range of themes and activities which encourage the children to walk. (For example scavenger hunts, funky footwear). In our Praise Assemblies we celebrate with the children who walk from home or from outside a 250m radius from the schools. During the year there are also Whole School Walks during school hours where pupils walk together through part of the village to reinforce messages about road safety and exercise.
Blizzards Yard Parking Scheme.
The schools benefit from free parking for the first hour in Blizzards Yard car park behind the Co-Op. The car park is over 250 metres from the school so offers the chance for pupils who cannot walk to school to take part in the WOW scheme and gain healthy exercise from a bracing uphill walk before school.
Footsteps is a pedestrian training scheme for young children, which develops awareness of roads and helps them live safely with traffic. Children are taken into the local area with a trained tutor to observe the traffic and discuss road safety.
We aim to train all Year 1 pupils in the Summer Term each year. They are taken out in pairs by trained parent tutors on two separate occasions in order to give a basic understanding of road safety concepts.
Making Tracks is a pedestrian training scheme for Year 6 children, which develops awareness of roads and helps them plan their routes in preparation for their transition to secondary school. Children are taken into the local area with a trained tutor to observe the traffic and discuss road safety. We aim to train all year 6 pupils in the Summer Term each year.
During the Spring/ Summer term Year 5 children are given the opportunity to take part in cycle training. This is completed during the school day with trained tutors from the Spokes Cycle Training Company. This initiative is subsidised by the school and parents are asked for a contribution towards the tutoring costs.
During the training children work towards Bikeability Level 2 which covers the following areas:
Year 6 children may cycle to school and use the school bike racks on completion of a Cycle Permit from parents.
As part of our induction to the schools we ask parents to sign a Parking Promise. The aim of the promise is to highlight the need to avoid parking near to either school site to ensure the safety of pedestrians. The Safety Zone around each school is clearly identified so that parents are clear where it is safe to park and the areas they should avoid.
We have small group of selected Year 6 children who act as road safety officers. They lead assemblies and arrange competitions which highlight road safety issues such ‘Be Bright–Be Seen’.