School Travel Plan (STP)
The School Travel Plan is developed, maintained and monitored by the whole school community, to promote and facilitate sustainable travel for the school journey. A STP sets out practical initiatives and measures to encourage active, healthy, safe and sustainable travel as an alternative to single occupancy car use, therefore helps to reduce congestion and pollution, as well as improving the health and fitness of the children.
Some of the initiatives that Holtspur School implements are Bike it Breakfast, Bikeability, Footsteps Training, GIST, Walk on Wednesdays (WOW), competitions and many more.
The School Travel Plan is annually approved and assessed by the council and the school is awarded a level of achievement - Bronze, Silver and Gold. We have attained The Bronze Level in 2015 and hoping to achieve Silver Level in the near future. With your help we can try to reach Silver Level this year.
It has come to the attention of the Travel Plan Committee that the parking at the back of the school has become an issue. Due to the building works, everybody now has to enter the school from Beacon Close, as a result, the increased parking on the road has made it dangerous for the children, parents and is disruptive for the neighbours (a neighbours car has been damaged!). There are cars parking all the way down Beacon Close which obscures the view of the children getting to school. Also, as Beacon Close is not a through road and cars need to turn around in the road in order to get out, causing more hazards for the children. ‘Axa Car Insurance have said, that many vehicle collisions involving children, have happened within 500m (a third of a mile) of the school gate’. Please do not let the above be any of our children!
We are aware that some children need to travel by car because of the distance they live from the school but we would like to remind you that you can park in the Beacon centre car park which is only a two-minute walk. Please note that the car park extends around the Beacon Centre building providing ample space for parking.
The ideal solution for both the children and the parents is to use the ‘Park and Walk’ sites – Harvester Car Park, St Thomas Church Car Park and Hampden Hill. Map is below. This was a great success on walk to school week and there is no reason for it not to be used throughout the whole year. A brisk walk in the morning benefits the children as it stimulates the body and mind which gets it ready for the day.
Quote from the Walking Times
Start the Day with Physical Exercise. When you start the day with exercise, you start the day with power. We already know that exercise is a great activity for your mind and body. It boosts energy levels, and leaves people feeling replenished, happy, and mentally clear. Exercise is an easy way to shake the sleepiness and kick-start your metabolism
Footsteps is a practical 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.
Children are not told what to do but are encouraged to make their own choices and decisions about what they see and hear through questioning. As time goes on they get better at deciding what they have to do to keep safe in various traffic situations.
Footsteps is a three stage programme (green, amber and red) which focuses on the skills needed to become safer road users. Each stage builds on the last stage, covering the basic “Green Cross Code” then adding other aspects of road safety.
Footsteps could save their lives - so it's one of the most important things a child needs to learn!
The 1994-98 average number of children killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the roads of Great Britain was almost 7,000 per year. 20% of accidents in 5-9 year olds and 40% of accidents in 10-14 year olds occur on journeys to and from school.
In 2010 the average number of child KSIs had reduced to 2,502 per year. This could be due to the introduction of training programmes like Footsteps.
A lorry comes into our school to give children a practical demonstration of stopping distances and driver 'blind spots'. They are also given an opportunity to explore inside the cab of the vehicle and see the view from the driver's seat! The interactive indoor session reinforces what the children have learned outside as well as providing clear advice on how they can stay safe on the roads as pedestrians and cyclists.
There are a number of reasons why you may wish to become involved in travel planning at your school. It may be because there is a concern about parking, congestion or road safety around the school, or simply the fact that you would like to promote a healthy lifestyle to children, young people and their families.
With a rise in car ownership and the fact that many school run trips are still being made by car there are good reasons to become involved in the School Travel Plan process:
If your school submits a planning application you may also be required to complete a School Travel Plan.
It is important to set up a representative working group to ensure that all groups within the school community are given a voice.
If you would like to get involved in School travel Planning please feel free to contact the Office.
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