School Travel Plan
What is a school travel Plan?
A School Travel Plan (STP) is a document which sets out how a school will promote safe, active and sustainable travel to school. The main emphasis is put on reducing single occupancy car use on the school journey. For a STP to be successful it must be supported by the whole school community, i.e. parents, pupils, teachers, governors and the local community. To keep it current and relevant it must be updated regularly.
An effective STP puts forward a package of measures to:
- reduce the number of vehicles on the school journey;
- improve safety on the journey to school;
- encourage more active and sustainable travel choices.
The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Education (DfE) set a target that every school should have a STP by March 2010. Over 78% of Buckinghamshire schools achieved this, Longwick being among these.
Modeshift Stars Gold Award
In September 2016 Longwick School received a Gold Level Award from Bucks County Council and Modestars (Travel Plan Inspectors) in recognition of the contribution pupils, teachers and parents / carers have made to improving safe and sustainable travel to School. Look out for the plaque in the school office reception area.
Why do we need a STP?
Whilst reducing single occupancy car use to and from school is the main aim of the STP there are many other benefits.
Reduce Congestion - a STP encourages people to reduce car use and travel more sustainably. This helps to reduce the number of cars that need to park or travel near the school.
Improving the Local Environment - less cars travelling near school means reduced carbon emissions and improved air quality.
Health Benefits - travelling actively to school provides regular exercise to help pupils stay fit and healthy and makes them more alert and ready to learn.
Safety - 1200 school children a month are involved in road accidents near schools. STP’s encourage pupils to take part in road safety training programmes giving them a greater sense of road safety. This can benefit them in their transition to secondary school also.
Improve Community Links - the STP encourages schools to form links with, for example, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), local residents, parents and Parish Councils to work together to make school journeys safer and healthier for all.
Hidden Treasures –walking to school can help pupils build confidence and independence, and develop their knowledge of their local community.
Fun and Social- it’s an ideal time for children and their families and friends to spend together.
Living Streets WoW Scheme
Longwick School has joined the WOW scheme run by the ‘Living Streets’ Charity. WOW is a year round incentive scheme which rewards children walking to school at least once a week over a month with a collectible WOW badge. The badges are designed by children. To earn a badge, children need to walk, scoot or cycle sensibly to school at least once a week over a month.
We started our WOW scheme (Walk Once a Week) in May 2014 and already we are beating the national average for walking to school. When we began, 47% of pupils walked, scooted or cycled to school, but just one month after starting the scheme, this had risen to 55% comfortably beating the national average of 48%!
How WoW works
To earn a badge using ‘Park and Stride’, (parking away from the school and walking the remaining distance), cars should park no nearer to the school than the Red Lion car park at the ‘Princes Risborough’ end of the village, or Walkers Road at the ‘Thame’ end. The results are recorded by the children on monthly class charts and collated by the JRSO’s.
Thank you to all Mums & Dads, Grandparents and carers for taking the time to walk with your children to school at least once a week – we really appreciate the extra effort you are making.
Events during the School year 2015-16
Walk to School Week - Before October Half Term with a 'Be Bright Be Seen' theme to teach pupils the importance of being seen as the nights draw in.
The Big Pedal – March. Pupils are encouraged to cycle or scoot to school as part of the Sustrans inter school challenge. Parents, siblings and guardians can join in too. In 2015 1,300 schools took part. On the last week participants are able to have a special breakfast in the school hall where juices, fruit and croissants are provided.
Walk to School Week – Before May half term. Children are encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school. All pupils, parents, siblings and guardians are encouraged to join in a fun Jazzercise session in the playground.
JRSO Fun Day
Every year the JRSO's enjoy a Fun Day in October hosted by the School Travel Planning team at Bucks County Council. The JRSO's take part in workshops and come out brimming with enthusiasm and ways to share their ideas back in school to enthuse the rest of the school community.
Footsteps is a pedestrian training scheme for children, which develops road awareness to hopefully help to prevent accidents. Every year children in Year 2 are taken out of school in small groups with trained parent volunteers. The course covers the Green Cross Code, safe places to cross, stopping, looking and listening and crossing by parked cars. All valuable lessons especially around our busy school roads.
Every year over 15,000 child pedestrians are injured on the roads of Great Britain 20% of accidents in 5-9 year olds and 40% of accidents in 10-14 year olds occur on journeys to and from school.
Bikeability is updated cycling proficiency designed to give children the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads. Haddenham Cycle Training come into school to teach basics, level 1 and level 2.
Based on the Buckinghamshire County Council Biking Basics Course, this course is aimed at Infant School children aged five and over who can ride a bike without stabilisers.
Entirely off road, this 3 hour foundation course takes place over 3 sessions. The course helps young children achieve some of the basic cycling control skills, and includes:
Helmet Checks, the function of the main parts of the bike and how to check for faults.
Skills such as starting and stopping and emergency stops, the importance of wearing a helmet
and suitable clothes, fun cycle control games.
This course is aimed at Year 3 and 4 children (aged 7+) During Level 1 Bikeability training, you learn to control and master your bike. The training takes place in an environment away from cars or traffic – usually in a playground or closed car park. Covering fundamental cycling skills, this course lays the foundations for Level 2 on-road training. This course typically lasts 2-4 hours over one or several sessions, and includes helmet checks, various parts of the bike and basic bike checks, starting and stopping, gears, emergency stops, looking behind, signalling, manoeuvring skills and
fun games designed to consolidate and practise manoeuvring skills.
This course is designed for trainees aged 9 years +. Participants must have achieved Level 1 in order to take part. Level 2 courses are subsidised by Bucks County Council. This course consists of on-road training is suitable for anyone over 9 who can control a bike confidently. The course is tailored appropriately for older primary school children. It covers the basics of riding a bicycle on the road including:
Starting from the side of a road, passing parked cars and side roads, appropriate road positioning,
turning from major to minor roads/or vice versa. It includes discussions about cycle lanes and
highway code and may include roundabouts & negotiating road narrowings. The intention of the
course is to increase the participants’ confidence when making road journeys.