Travelling to and from school
We are keen to decrease the number of children travelling to school by car, it will alleviate traffic problems, help our neighbours and research shows that children arrive at school more relaxed and ready to learn following a walk (or scoot) to school. Of course we understand that some of you are under pressure of time or live too far away for smaller children to walk. We would like you to consider the ‘Park and Stride’ option of parking on wider roads e.g. near the Co-Op and walking the 5 minutes or so down to school. Alternatively please consider using our walking bus, running from Bowdon Parish Centre . It will save you significant amounts of time (parents are saying 45 minutes) and your child will be able to walk safely to school with all of the health, social and wellbeing advantages that this brings.
If you walk your child/children to school, please bring them to the appropriate gate to go into school - Y1-6 the large gate on the internal road (near the exit) and Reception in the gate on the left, just through the first gate. Notes and messages can be left with the members of staff on duty; for safeguarding reasons parents may not enter the playground or the school building without first signing in.
Children who cycle or ride their scooter to school (most will need adult supervision because the roads around school are busy), should dismount at the site gate and carefully walk into the playground to the cycle/scooter racks. Safety helmets can be either left here or taken into class. The cycle/scooter storage in the playgrounds are within the perimeter fence and therefore locks should not be necessary. The cycle rack at the front of school is for staff use but we can usually fit the Reception cycles/scooters there too. However, this area is not within the boundary fence and locks will be necessary. Bikes and scooters are left at the owners risk and it is not advised to leave them overnight, as we cannot guarantee their safety.
Dropping off children
- Y1-6 children may be dropped on the internal road from 8.25am. Please do not arrive before that unless you are dropping off at Kids' Collective. There is no parking on the school site, please do not leave your vehicle to take them to the gate, members of staff are there to supervise and ensure that the children are safe
- Reception parents need to park off site and walk children into school around the Multi Use Games Areas and in through the gate by the parent shelter
- Members of staff man the drop off zones and the gates from 8.25am
- members of staff will be in the playground to supervise children before the start of school and as they go in
- This additional playtime before school is very popular and it helps to settle the children at the start of the day. Of course if it is raining they will come straight into school
- Registration takes place at 8.40am
Dropping off children at Breakfast Club. You may pull up in the drop off zone and take your child into Breakfast Club between 7.45am and 8.20am.
Please note the parking restrictions on Grange Road (more are planned on the surrounding roads). No parking between 8am and 5pm. These restrictions will be enforced by Trafford Council and fines will be issued.
Collecting Children at the end of the school day
This can still be an issue for our neighbours. If you are parking in the locality please consider the needs of neighbours to drive in and out of their gateways. The school gates open at 3.00 pm, parents collecting on foot should walk into the playground and wait close to their child's exit door . Please do not enter the building unless you have an appointment with a member of staff, in which case you should go in through the front door and sign in at the office. Parents/carers are responsible for their child once they are out of class. Junior children who have not been collected are told to go to the school office. where they can wait safely while we telephone parents. Please be punctual when collecting your children, particularly at the end of after school clubs.
Bicycles and scooters may not be ridden in the playgrounds or on the pavements within the site boundary gates.
Children may be collected from the internal road but cars must not be there for longer than a minute or two and may certainly not be parked there. Please do not arrive to collect children until after their finish time to give them time to walk to the playground gate. Junior parents should not arrive until 3.20pm to collect from the internal road. Please do not encourage your child to walk down to you, they should wait by the gate until you move forward to pick them up. If you are collecting an Infant and a Junior child, the Junior child may go to the Infant classroom to collect the younger child and bring them to the gate. A member of staff is on duty on the gate to supervise car collection.
Please leave the playground area by 3.25pm so that we can ensure safeguarding by locking the gates ready for the after school clubs.
Collecting from Clubs
Kids' Collective have their own entrance and exit at the first gate on the internal road'
The Junior children will be brought through to the playground gate onto the internal road at the end of the extra-curricular clubs. Infant children should be collected from the front door of school. Please do no encourage your child to leave without the knowledge of the supervisor. Please be punctual when collecting from clubs, the staff usually have other meetings to go on to.
Please consider our neighbours when parking around school. They must be able to enter/exit their driveways and the pavements must not be obstructed.