Travelling to School
Ideally, we'd love all our children to come by foot. Not only is this good exercise, it's also good for the environment. A double win! However, do understand that parents who live outside the village and those with particularly working hours may well have constraints that stop this from happening.
Where that is so, we encourage, as much as is possible, parents to "Park and Stride." We have an informal agreement with the Village Hall and they very kindly allow out parents to use their car park to enable them to undertake the 5 minutes walk up to the school provided it does not conflict with their own planned events.
If the car really is the possible way of travelling, please do consider "Car Pooling" If you live close to another family, it might be that you can share travel with the children, adults or both. https://liftshare.com/uk/community/luton-and-central-bedfordshire
To help support with the management of traffic around the area, we have our Early Birds breakfast club from 8am Monday-Friday. The Preschool have an after school club that runs until 6pm Monday-Thursday. We also have a number of extra curricular clubs that help to mitigate busy times.
A typical school day
Early Birds and extra curricular clubs- 8am
Rolling start to school day- 8:45-9am
End of the school day- 3:30pm
End of school clubs- 4:15-4:30 depending on the club
End of Preschool after school club- 6pm Monday-Thursdays
Travel Survey Results
At our September 2021 Hands Up Travel Survey, we found the main means that children come to school:
|Method of Travel||Percentage|
|Park and Stride||28|
We encourage independence as much as possible. From Year 4, parents can opt to give permission for their child to be released independently at the end of the day. Parents can then choose where they wish to meet their child- either literally in front of the school, at the Village Hall car park or, if they've assessed the risk appropriately, all the way home on their own.
As we move to become a primary school from September 2022, all our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils will be assumed to have permission to travel home independently.
Under no circumstances are parents permitted to park in the car park. This poses a risk to pupils who are on site. Furthermore, the car park does not belong to the school and it is not in our gift to allow parking there. We appreciate that parking on Spinney Lane would be an attractive option for parents who wish to get away quickly at mornings and after school. However, this creates congestion outside of the school and increases risk for our pupils.