Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is 19-25 th November
Road Safety Week is 19-25 November and it provides us with an opportunity to make the journey to and from school safer. The children’s wellbeing is our primary concern and we would ask for your support.
This initiative follows our launch of an exciting ‘Walk to School’ initiative called Green Footsteps. We will be actively encouraging all the children to walk, cycle or ride their scooters to and from school as often as possible.
By taking part in Green Footsteps, the children will get regular exercise so that they are more alert and ready to start their school day. The scheme has already reduced school-run traffic on the roads and congestion around our school gates. Children also learn vital road safety skills as they walk, cycle or ride their scooters to school.
Safer School Zones
The more observant of you may have noticed that Sevenoaks District Council have attached Safer School signs to the lamp posts near to our school gates and side roads.
The Safer School Zones are designed to encourage safer and more responsible parking during school drop-off and pick-up times.
The scheme is initiated and monitored by SDC and it uses additional signs to highlight areas around our school with School Keep Clear, single and double yellow line restrictions. Unfortunately, it is these areas that are compromised by illegal parking during drop-off and pick-up times by a minority of irresponsible drivers.
Under the arrangements, and in conjunction with our school, these areas have been designated as ‘no stop zones’. Traffic wardens will issue an immediate ticket to any vehicle stopped on ‘School Keep Clear’ and yellow line restrictions.
Our participation in the scheme is designed to keep our children safe and we would strongly request that you support the initiative. We would also ask that you respect the Traffic Wardens as they are here at the invitation of the Parent Council and school.
We will also be distributing copies of the KCC leaflet ‘Responsible Parenting’, which highlights the key safety points to abide by if you do need to drive your child to school. By remembering these points, not only will you improve the safety of the area surrounding our school, but you will also avoid receiving a penalty notice / parking ticket.
We will be discussing all matters relating to road safety and the School Travel Plan at the next meeting on Thursday 8th November. Please feel free to pass any comments to your class representative.