School Travel Plan
At High March we are proud of our School Travel Plan and of our approach to promoting Sustainable Travel.
There is a whole School approach to Sustainable Travel and this is embedded in our culture from Governors to staff to parents to pupils. We are aware that the majority of our pupils live within a small radius of the School and hence can contribute to the Plan.
There has been a major shift, for which we have received recognition, in the numbers of our pupils arriving by parking and striding. We constantly promote the various options available in Beaconsfield for parents to park and walk with their children the rest of the way to School.
The JRSOs regularly promote Sustainable Travel and run initiatives. Each half term they read out a bulletin in Assembly and encourage others to see the benefits of walking, cycling or scooting to School. They also attend the Junior House to deliver Prayers on Be Bright Be Seen and their Spring Term initiative. The Year 6 JRSOs take the Year 2 JRSOs under their wings.
The School runs initiatives every term; in the Autumn Term we take part in Walk to School Week and the JRSOs have a School travel related stall at the Christmas Fayre. In the Spring Term the JRSOs choose a March activity, such as Wow Your Wellies, Bling your Boots and March in March. In the Summer we take part in Walk to School and Bike to School weeks which culminate in a Bikers’ Breakfast. The JRSOs also do regular bike and scooter counts.
High March actively seeks to make the roads around our School safer. We have School Crossing Patrollers; we run traffic patrols with the PCSOs; our parents sign up to the Parent Parking Promise and we display banners on the zigzag lines.
The work of STP is closely linked to that of Beaconsfield Cycle Paths; all the members of the Working Party are members of BCP. There are members of BCP who are involved in travel planning at other local schools so it is a forum in which to share common problems around school travel. The BCP lobby group is involved in promoting safer cycling in Beaconsfield as well as having a voice in local planning and development. STP and BCP work closely with the local community at many levels: The Beaconsfield Society, Beaconsfield schools, Town, District and County Councils and our MP Dominic Grieve, QC MP. We have even had substantive correspondence recently on STP matters with Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport.
High March lives and breathes School Travel and we are grateful for the support offered by Bucks CC and our community partners in our aims to promote Sustainable Travel in our small corner of Buckinghamshire.