National Walk to school week is upon us again.
We all know walking is the best way to get to school, but in the morning rush especially if you’re a working parent, do you have time to walk?
Once again the news is highlighting parking outside schools, more fines have been issued than ever before as parents are parking on the zigzags & double yellow lines in an effort to drop their kids off as close to school as possible. In fact the fines have doubled to over 28,000 since 2011.
As lots of parents are on their way to work after the school drop off, our Head Teacher a working Mum herself, devised this system.
The Primary school is down a narrow lane, you drive up to the gate, there is a manned (a woman actually) drop & go system in place, they open your car door and the child is welcomed by the staff member and they go into the enclosed playground, the parent knows their child is safely on the school grounds as they drive away. It works amazingly well.
But while this system works well in the morning there is no possibility of having anything similar after school. The parking around the school is horrendous and is now monitored by our community police officer who is encouraging parents to walk to pick up their children, or let older children walk home alone, which is an issue in itself.
This is the pathway to our Primary School, we love it and of course it is usually full of parents and children, but at first glance would you let your child walk it without you ?
In year 6 as High School was fast approaching we thought it time to let our son walk the short distance to and from Primary, he wanted to walk and it gave him a bit of independence.
Of course now he’s a teenager we’ve reverted back to me dropping him at school, he’d rather have an extra 10 minutes in bed.