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School Travel Plan

 

Vale School Travel Plan

Vale School, with pupils aged 4 to 11 years, is very well placed to teach our pupils about the importance of sustainable travel, and to begin to help influence their behaviours well in to their later lives. The more we can encourage them to use sustainable transport methods now, the more they are likely to continue to do so in the future, and enjoy a healthier life style.

Since 2005 the school’s Travel Plan has come along way. Its journey is not finished and the work and ethos of the plan will continue to run throughout the school curriculum.

As a parent myself I know there are times when parents need to use their cars to bring their children to school. All I would ask is that wherever possible you either seek to use sustainable transport methods, or park a little way away from the school and walk the last part of the journey.

Martin Garratt

Headteacher

 

As a school governor I have been involved with the Travel Plan since it was first published in 2005. Over this time I have been inspired by the sheer determination and hard work put in by pupils, staff, governors, local residents and others to seek to make changes for the good of the whole school community.

This Travel Plan is about encouraging our pupils to make choices, to ensure that they recognise the value in walking or cycling, not only for their own health, but also for the positive impact it can have on the environment as well.

Equally it is about maximising the safety of our pupils and other pedestrians outside the school entrance and minimising the impact on our neighbours in the surrounding roads.

Kevin Jenkins

Chair of Governors

 

Vale School is a Travel Mark level 3 school – this is the highest available level of award.

In 2015 in their journeys to and from school 82% of our pupils used sustainable transport means by walking, cycling, child scooter, park and striding, hop off or other sustainable means of travel. 1% used public transport.

Our Journey so far… … …

The school’s travel plan was originally researched and developed in 2004 and then published in 2005, a copy of the master travel plan document is available on this website, within the Policies section.

Many of the key characteristics of the school in 2005 remain the same today, in that the school is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac no through road section of Vale Avenue and this entrance provides the sole point of vehicular and pedestrian access to the school.

The school is attended by on average 630 pupils from across about 450 families, the majority of these living in the Findon Valley, High Salvington and Offington areas of Worthing. Some other pupils do travel from across Worthing to the school through personal choice.

The geography of the school’s catchment area and the road, footway and cycle way infrastructure around the school does mean that there is often pressure on parents or carers to use their cars and drive pupils to the school, inclement weather only increases this pressure further.

Fortunately, over the period of the Travel Plan education and peer group pressure from within the pupils has resulted in an increasing number of pupils and parents or carers walking to the school and others who use a car, shortening their journey by ‘parking short and striding’ from locations further away from the school.

Vale School are fortunate in their Travel Plan activities to be strongly supported by the Friends of Vale School (Parent group), the Findon Valley Residents Association, the High Salvington Residents Association, School Pupils, School Staff, School Governors and other local interested residents.

Since 2005 considerable work and improvements to the local road and footpath network has been achieved. Below are just a few examples of the outcomes, many of which were achieved in full partnership with the two residents associations, West Sussex County Council, Worthing Borough Council and the Highways Agency:

 ‘School signs’ erected on A24 north and south bound prior to Vale Drive

 Barriers to the west side of the pedestrian crossing at Vale Drive / A24

 Build-out of the pavement on the Kings Parade service road adjacent to the pedestrian crossing

 Utilisation of ‘No Waiting Cones’ outside the school to improve safety

 Re-marking of the zig-zag lines etc outside the school entrance

 Extensive improvements to the footpath on Bost Hill, raised kerbs and railings, school sign and road ‘slow’ markings

 Provision of Pedestrian controlled crossing point of A27 / A24 at Offington roundabout

 Provision of second Pedestrian controlled crossing point on A24 by The Library

 The zig-zag path down the gallops from High Salvington, treated with anti slip surface and improved handrails.

 The path through the Gallops regularly maintained and wood chipped by the local council to improve pedestrian experience

 Extensive provision of cycle racks and scooter racks at the school for pupils

The success of the school’s travel plan is well documented and recognised by the school being accredited the Travel Mark 3 award. 

 

Recent Activity

In 2013 we introduced our 'Driving and Parking Promise' , a pledge and badge scheme to encourage parents and carers to drive responsibly when near to the school and to regularly park further away and walk to the school gate.

We've had tremendous take up by our stakeholders and now encourage all our new joiners to sign-up to the scheme

We were supported in this with sponsorship and funding by local business and Sussex Police.

Here is the promise:

 

The Vale School Driving and Parking Promise

To help improve pupil safety, by reducing the congestion on the roads outside the school and the impact this has on the local residents:

I promise I will … …

1. Reduce my speed when I am in the roads near to the school.

2. Park away from the school entrance and walk the rest of the way to the school gate.

3. Not park on the double yellow lines or on the ‘School Keep Clear’ zigzags.

4. Not park across the driveways of local residents.

5. Not double park in the middle of the road, at junctions or cause an obstruction in any other way.

6. Not park on the pavement.

7. Be a thoughtful driver, letting children cross the road safely and not cause any danger to others.

 

What for the Future ?

Well the work still goes on. Much of the practical physical changes to the infrastructure of the surrounding road network has been achieved, the onus now is on continuing to inform and encourage our pupils and their parents or carers in the value of walking, cycling, park and stride, car sharing or using some other form of sustainable transport for their journeys to and from school. Where a car must be used we will always encourage parents or carers to park that little bit further away from the school and walk the last part of the journey to minimise the number of cars using Vale Drive and Vale Avenue, thus maximising the safety of our pupils and other pedestrians outside the school entrance and minimising the impact on our neighbours.

The school regularly participates in the following:

 Walk Once a Week (WOW ) to school promoted through the Living Streets campaign - whereby pupils record their means of travel and are awarded badges for regular use of sustainable travel means.

  ‘Bikeability’ level 2 (Cycle Safety) is taught to our older pupils.

 

All new parents to the school are provided with information in our welcome packs on sustainable transport methods.

But we won’t stop there, we recognise that on any day someone may have a new idea and so through environmental scanning we will seek to explore new ideas or initiatives that will ensure the journeys of our pupils to and from school continue to be via sustainable means and in doing so support our other activities as a ‘Healthy school’ and an ‘Eco-Friendly school’.