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Travel Forum

Westfield Primary School have a Travel Forum which is made up of parents and teaching staff from across the school. We are always happy to welcome new members, so if you have any spare time to attend meetings, or have a particular skill you feel would be beneficial to our Forum please contact the office.

We meet at least once every term and discuss many areas of travel, from scooter training to breakfasts to improving routes to school.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone travelling to school can do so as safely as possible. We have subscribed to Living Streets Walk Once a Week which encourages the pupils to travel to school in a “green” way. Walking to school keeps the pupils fit, encourages social interaction and reduces congestion around the school. If you are unable to walk all the way from home to school, please consider parking away from the school gates and walking the last 5 minutes to school.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/

Year 4 have been receiving pedestrian training, this is carried out by some parents who have received training from County. We are also able to offer scooter training for year 2 and cycle training for year 5, the cycling training is delivered by Bikeability, and the scooter training from County.

http://bikeability.dft.gov.uk/

Lorry safety training is carried out across the school delivered by the police, this teaches the children how dangerous lorries are, showing the limited visibility.

We organize breakfasts for children who walk to school, and also for those who have scooted or biked to school.

Year 5 children have been shown Herts County Distractions DVD showing them the perils of pedestrians using mobile phones, as they are walking to and from school without an adult.

We are supporting the Monster Parking campaign, in which we are targeting cars which have parked inconsiderately and issuing a Monster parking ticket. With the limited amount of spaces around the school it is important that motorists are considerate, and that the children are able to cross roads safely.

We run various competitions throughout the year to promote safety on the way to school.

We took part in Sustrans’ 2016 Big Pedal in which we encouraged as many children as possible to travel to school either by bike or scooter.

We are currently working towards Gold accreditation from Modeshift Stars having achieved Bronze in 2014 and Silver in 2015.

Modeshift STARS provides a national framework for the implementation of sustainable and active school travel activities and is the only national accreditation scheme for rewarding sustainable School Travel Plans.

It is an easy to use online system that significantly reduces the amount of time and work schools are required to undertake on travel planning.

Modeshift STARS monitors travel to school patterns locally, regionally and nationally ensuring that all users can monitor progress at the click of a button; including data on travel patterns, carbon reduction and improvements in physical activity levels. The system makes it easy for schools to plan their activities and upload evidence of actions resulting in nationally recognised accreditation for work supporting pupils and families to travel more actively.

We used to have a scooter bus and a walking bus, but unfortunately the numbers dwindled and we are no longer able to keep this going. If anyone would be interested in helping with the running please contact the school.

Our priority is children’s safety.

Members are:

  • Jo Turner (School staff)
  • Jo Harding (Parent Volunteer)
  • Bex Plenderleith (Parent Volunteer)
  • Holly Green (Parent Volunteer)
  • Wendy Conian (Parent Volunteer)
  • Annemarie De Boom (Parent Volunteer)

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