Travel To School

Our pupils come from a large catchment area with many of them living too far from School to walk in.

As a result, many of our pupils travel to School by car. Each year we produce a School Travel Plan (STP) to create ideas for initiatives to encourage safe and considerate parking, walking and cycling to School. The latest STP can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

School Travel Plan 2016-17

 

Recent initiatives are detailed below.

Parking
• ‘Park and Stride’ is a scheme designed to reduce traffic around schools. The idea is that parents park at least 5 minutes from School and pupils walk the remaining distance. A Walking Zone Map can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

Walking Zone Map

 

• There is an agreement with Salway Church (at the top of Forest Approach) allowing parents to park in the Church car park to the left of the main entrance, the side furthest from Forest Approach. Parents and carers may park here entering and exiting the car park from the High Road only from 8.15 to 9.00am and 3.15 to 4.15pm, but only in term time. There is no arrangement for parking at lunchtime.
• Parents can purchase a permit to use the Borough car parks at School drop off and pick up times (until 4:15pm). The cost is just £35 for a year. The nearest car park is in Derby Road which is approximately a 6 minute walk from School. The Hawkey Hall car park to the North is approximately a 12 minute walk from School. The permit can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

Borough Parking Permit

 

• We ask that parents do not park in the Roses Estate.
• It is against the law to stop on the zig zag area outside the School gates in Bunces Lane.

Walking
• Park and Stride – see ‘Parking’ section. It is recommended that parents/pupils do not walk down Bunces Lane and use safer routes with suitable pavements.
• Road Safety education – We teach Road Safety to all pupils as part of PSHE. This education is delivered in assemblies, lessons and sometimes by visiting experts such as the Redbridge Transport Team.

Cycling/Scooting
• Since 2012 we have secured funding from TfL for cycling initiatives
• We have a cycle shelter and scooter pods to encourage pupils to ride bicycles or scoot to School.
• We have bicycles for pupils from Nursery to Year 5 to enable us to provide cycle skill teaching and co-curricular clubs.
• We organise Bikeability Cycle Training courses for pupils in Years 5 – 8 to learn to ride safely on the roads.
• We have organised for cycle trainers to teach younger pupils how to ride a bike.
• Mountain bike and BMX Stunt display teams have performed for and inspired our pupils.
• Each year we arrange for Dr. Bike to give pupils’ bikes a free health check.
• We have arranged ‘Biker’s breakfasts’ to encourage more cycling to School.

Public Transport
• We are approximately a 20 minute walk from both Woodford and South Woodford tube stations.
• Buses – Route 20 (Walthamstow – Debden), Route 679 (Ilford – Woodford).
• We now use public transport (bus and tube) for School trips, whenever practical. This reduces transport costs and will hopefully encourage pupils to use public transport in the future.
• Year 6 pupils are taught about how to travel safely on buses and the tube on the Junior Citizens PSHE trip organised by the Metropolitan Police each year.
• We are happy for Senior pupils to use public transport to get to and/or from School but ask that parents let us know the arrangements.