HIGH DOWN SCHOOLS TRAVEL PLAN
High Down Infant and Junior Schools federated on 1st January 2015 and the two schools continue to work closely together to share ideas and initiatives on safe and environmentally friendly travel. The focus has always been to keep the area around the schools as free from cars as possible and to encourage the children to walk or cycle to school wherever possible.
For the past ten years, the schools have taken part in a government initiative through North Somerset Council called "The Travel Plan" and High Down Infant and Junior Schools are two of a small number of schools to have been awarded the Gold Award for their commitment to the programme.
The schools have also succeeded in campaigning for the following:
The admission of an additional Reception Year class in High Down Infant School from September 2015 has the potential to cause an increase in traffic and to exacerbate parking problems. However, in addition to the ongoing initiatives above:
Our Advice to Parents on Parking:
Ideally, all of our pupils would walk or cycle to school, as a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle choice. However, we appreciate that many parents have no choice but to use the car to bring their children to school. That being the case, we would ask that the guidelines below, formulated following consultation with residents, Avon and Somerset Police and the Travel Plan committee, be respected:
The map below shows the suggested no parking areas (marked with a cross), within approximately 5 minutes’ walk or 250 m of the school gate. Under the guidelines of both the School Travel Plan and the National Healthy Schools Programme we should be making every effort for our children to get daily exercise. As a school we wish to encourage all children to walk for at least 5 minutes to school every day.
The benefits will be:
Healthier lifestyles and better start to the school day
Chance to chat to parents and friends on the way to school
Safer roads for all, especially pedestrians and cyclists
Less pollution and congestion
Staff Car Park
Please note that the staff car park cannot be used for parent parking. If you or your child has mobility difficulties, whether temporary or permanent, please see Mrs Cowan or Mrs Parker, who would be pleased to discuss the possible use of the car park with you.
Source of Further Information:
Travel Smart Schools is a website that provides information about the travel habits of the Infant school children and compares this information with other schools. You can also view our travel plan and road safety map under the resources section. Please click here to visit the website.
Please check out these links for more information about road safety:
Think!: Government road safety website - aimed at adults and children
Think Education Games: A good website with games to help children think about road safety
Hedgehogs Videos: These videos help children to understand about road safety