15 January 2016
Driving and parking around the school site
I have been compelled to write to you regarding some safety issues affecting our students at the start and end of the school day. There have been a number of ‘near misses’ involving students and motor vehicles, both in the Leisure Centre car park and on the roads close to the school over recent months and we all need to take collective responsibility for improving the safety of the community at these busy times of day.
Since the safety of students is of paramount importance I am writing to ask for your support in ensuring that, if you do bring or collect your child to/from school by car, your own driving behaviours are as safe as possible around the school site. In particular I would ask that you follow these basic guidelines:
- Do not park, even for short periods, on double yellow lines on or near the school grounds. This includes the lines running along the front of the Leisure Centre.
- Do not exceed 5 miles per hour whilst driving on the school or Leisure Centre grounds
- Be extra vigilant for pedestrians who may not have perfect ‘road sense’
- Drop/collect older children a little way from the school (a hundred metres in any direction would help to reduce congestion on/around the site)
I am of course aware that ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ are very busy times of the day for all of us; your extra care and attention would therefore be very much appreciated. We will continue to work on road safety with our students in order that they can play their part in keeping themselves safe too.
Many thanks for your support in this important matter,