Parking at School

Car parking at the beginning and end of the school day is a problem at most primary schools. Children and parents arrive and depart in a relatively short period of time and this causes congestion. Some while ago, Governors enlarged the school car park and added a pedestrian access to segregate vehicles from those accessing the main entrance on foot.

The school gates will be locked with a combination lock every morning (8:45 - 9:15) and every afternoon (3:15 - 3:45)

Due to the limited space, we ask that parents do not park on our school car park. However, we do appreciate that there may well be times where some parents may need to access the car park on a short term basis due to an exceptional circumstance. We of course are always happy to help and support where we can. Should this be the case, parents are invited to meet with the Headteacher and go through the Car Parking Policy and decisions will be made on a case by case basis. Parents will be invited to complete a form to show they have read the terms and conitions and also explain their exceptional circumstance. This is then reviewed every 2 weeks. 

For FACE, we allow vehicles onto the school site to collect but only after 4:30pm when all pupils have left (after clubs) and Teaching Assistants have also left. 

For clubs before and after school, we ask parents to not use the school car park. For the morning clubs, parents are to access the school via the main entrance. When collecting pupils once an after school has finished, parents are to collect their child at the pupil entrance gate. 

Safety within the site has improved, but considerable danger still exists outside the school gates.

There have been instances of:

  • cars entering the school site at peak times when children are arriving/leaving
  • cars stopping or parking on the restricted yellow marked areas outside the gate.
  • cars driving along pavements to get around congestion
  • periodic complaints from residents about drivers’ behaviour and vehicle obstruction.

So, please walk to school if you can. If you have to come by car, try to share trips with neighbours or friends, observe the traffic regulations and park properly  in the surrounding residential roads. The school has a duty of care to its neighbours. Parking on restricted areas or mounting the pavement is a traffic offence.

So please remember:

  • No parking outside or opposite the school gates
  • Not to park in the school car park to drop off in a morning or to collect at the end of the school day unless there is a safeguarding arrangement with the school.
  • No blocking the access of resident's driveways.
  • Respect our neighbours who live close to the school.

Please DO

  • Try to make these initiatives work for the benefit of Pupil Safety, local Residents and yourselves.
  • Leave plenty of time for your planned journey
  • Try to leave your car at home as much as possible and walk instead.

Consider cycling to/from school, even just occasionally, as an alternative to using the car. We provide Cycling Proficiency instruction to the new nationwide Bikeability Standard during the Autumn term each year to our year 6 pupils - cyclists make safer and more considerate drivers in later life!

Please DON'T

  • Rush to arrive just before or at school class opening times, give your children time to interact with their friends before school starts!
  • Be put off your walk to school by cold or wet weather, or even the threat of it!
  • Drive all the way to the school gate.
  • Stop on the Zig-Zag and double yellow line markings, park or drive on the pavements, double park or obstruct the residents' driveways.
If you have any comments about parking around the school or on our Parking Initiatives, please e-mail Mr Walker

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