Our School Travel Plan
What is the School Travel Plan?
The main aim of the School Travel Plan (STP) is to reduce single occupancy car use on the school journey, by promoting and encouraging safe and sustainable travel. Increasing sustainable travel helps to reduce congestion and pollution, as well as improving the health and fitness of children.
At Bedgrove Junior School, we would like to reduce the number of children travelling to and from school by car as we know traffic and parking around the school is a huge concern.
We actively encourage our pupils and staff to walk, scoot or cycle to school as they:
- keep us fit and healthy
- help our pupils develop road safety skills which will keep them safe as they travel further afield and more independently
- help keep our local air clean, and our streets free from congestion
- are life skills that everyone should be able to benefit from
Where a car must be used we ask parents to drive only part of the way, and drop their child(ren) off away from the school so that some of the journey can be walked or scooted. Parking is very restricted around the immediate school site. We ask that parents/carers do not use the staff car park and that visitors refrain from doing so where possible. We also plead with anyone coming to our school to refrain from driving down or parking in the slip road leading up to the school. There is ample parking in the local roads around the school. Please be considerate to our local residents when parking nearby to the school.
We have highlighted two zones on our map below:
Red = our 5 minute walk zone
Blue = our 10 minute walk zone
Walk to School Week
Wow, we were so impressed with how many children made a real effort to choose a more active and sustainable route into school each day this week! We know sometimes the weather isn’t great or you have to rush off to work after drop off, we really do appreciate your support!
On average a huge 83% of pupils travelled to school actively this week which was a large increase from the 57% of pupils in our baseline hands up survey. Ingram Avenue has been noticeably calmer at drop off and pick up times this week. 41% of children travelled to school by car in our baseline survey, we now have an average of 17% of children travelling by car. What an achievement, keep up the great work Bedgrove!
WOW - The year round walk to school challenge
We are thrilled to have chosen to be part of an exciting nationwide challenge to encourage more children and their families to walk to school. WOW - the year-round walk to school challenge is delivered by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, to help as many children as possible experience the benefits of walking to school.
WOW is a pupil-led initiative for all pupils across Bedgrove Junior School to self-report how they get to school every day. If they travel sustainably (for example, walk, scoot, cycle or park and stride) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It’s that easy!
Did you know? The WOW badges are made using excess yogurt-pot materials previously destined for landfill and are produced in the UK, minimizing our carbon footprint. Also, the packaging they use in 100% biodegradable.
For more information about this initiative, take a look at the Living Streets website.
Thank you so much for your continued support and commitment to travelling to school sustainably and safely.