Academy Travel Plan
Our School Travel Plan is supported by the whole school community and demonstrates our long-term commitment to improving safety and reducing congestion on the roads.
It aims to reduce car use and enable parents and children to choose walking or cycling with confidence and seeks to cut congestion at the school gate. The School Travel Plan is a whole school initiative and demonstrates commitment from children, staff, parents, trustees and the wider community.
Abbey View is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a Bronze award by Modeshift Stars!
The Modeshift STARS scheme (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools). This is sponsored by the Department for Transport and encourages children and young people to walk, pedal and scoot to school. The scheme awards gradings on a Gold, Silver and Bronze basis to promote active, safe and sustainable travel by families making their daily journeys to and from school.
To gain accreditation, we have developed a programme that:
- Encourages pupils to be more active through cycling and walking,
- Identifies traffic and transport issues for the school,
- Reduces the number of cars outside the school to improve air quality and help lower the impact of school traffic on other road users.
All parents are asked to adhere to a “Parking Promise” and are encouraged to park further away from the school and walk. If however you find the need to park outside the school, please do not park on the bend, on junctions or where the children cross the road.
We are working to build strong relationship with local residents on the Pine Trees Estate and areas locally. We are confident that we can build strong link with the local community by parking safely and considerately.
WOW- the walk to school challenge
Abbey View is part of an exciting behaviour change initiative to encourage more children and their families to walk to school.
WOW – the 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.
The pupil-led challenge will see children self-report how they get to school every day. If they travel sustainably at least once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It's that simple!
What are the benefits of walking to school?
Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier. They arrive refreshed, healthy and ready to learn. More families walking means fewer cars on the road, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates.
What if we can’t walk to school?
If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can Park and Stride to help your child earn their WOW badge. Simply park or hop off public transport at least ten minutes away from the school and walk the remaining journey.
What is a WOW badge?
There is a unique WOW badge to earn every month if you walk, wheel, cycle, scoot or Park and Stride at least once a week. Each badge has been designed by a pupil from across the UK as part of our annual WOW Badge Design Competition.
Pupils will start the year by completing a celebration of the Wonders of the World. From November, they will then Walk for the World, earning badges featuring wildlife they can help protect from climate change through sustainable travel.
The badges are made in Cornwall from repurposed plastic material that was otherwise destined for landfill, including fridge trays, plastic plates and yoghurt pot off-cuts. For more information, visit: livingstreets.org.uk/recycling
In the UK, thousands of schools and around one million pupils are enjoying the benefits of walking to school with WOW. Will you join us?
If you need anymore information you can visit: livingstreets.org.uk/wowlaunch
Let’s swap those school runs for school walks!
Walking Bubble Map
Walking, cycling or scooting to school is the best way to reduce congestion and pollution whilst improving the mental and physical well-being of pupils and parents! Below is a Walking Bubble Map to illustrate a 5 minute walking distance from the school if you would like to try and park 5 minutes further away and enjoy a walk, cycle or scoot. to school.
Walk and Roll Wednesday
There’s no better way to start the day than a stroll to school in the sunshine. We are encouraging our pupils to swap the Wednesday morning car ride for a more energetic alternative.
Walk and Roll Wednesdays is about inspiring children to lead a more active lifestyle. Our pupils are invited to walk, cycle, or scoot to school. The children don’t have to walk the whole way to school walking, cycling, or scooting even just some of the journey is a great alternative!
Good luck, everyone!
If walking all or part of the way is not possible for you another option is car sharing. Car sharing is a great way to reduce congestion, pollution and parking issues around the academy. It can help reduce the time spent by parents on the school run, and can save money by reducing fuel costs. It is also a good way to show children it's easy to make small changes to help the environment.
If you plan on car sharing and the other child's parents will be collecting your child please remember to let the academy office know.
Highway Code and Road Safety information for Parents
We believe road safety education is a vital part of a child’s primary and secondary education and we know many parents want to be involved too. Below are the key messages that children should be aware of and how parents can play a part by helping to delivery roadside training every time they go out and about.
- Always used the appropriate child car seat for your child and vehicle and ensure it is fitted correctly
- Talk to your child about road safety whenever you are out and about
- Encourage your child to talk to you about keeping safe near roads
- Lead by example – use the Road Safety Code:
- THINK about the road
- STOP before the kerb and wait
- LOOK and LISTEN for traffic
- THINK about what to do
- CROSS the road safely, looking and listening all the time
Children in primary schools learn the following key messages:
- Reception class – hold hands with a grown up and stop before the kerb
- Year 1 – who can help them cross the road safely and STOP, LOOK and LISTEN
- Year 2 – safe places to cross the road
- Year 3 – crossing at junctions and in between parked cars
- Year 4 – to see and be seen by drivers and other road users
- Year 5 – to take responsibility for their own actions and lead by example
- Year 6 – think about the journey to secondary school, new ways of travel, and how to plan a safe route
Road safety code for parents
- Park away from school gates
- Always hold hands with young children
- Remember – your child will copy you
- Every road means STOP, LOOK, LISTEN
- Never get children out of a car roadside
- Think safer places to cross the road
- Secure your child’s car seat correctly
- Think Who’s Looking
For more useful information regarding road safety and the Highway Code please use the links below:
You may find the below links to timetables of our local bus services useful. Please ask in the office if you would a print out of a timetable to use.