Journeys to and from school are an important part of daily life for all members of our community.
From time to time it is important that The Corsham School reviews its procedures and goals concerning transport.
We aim to promote the general good health of our students by encouraging them to travel to and from school as safely as possible and to walk or cycle if this is at all practical.
We also have a responsibility to promote school transport systems that are environmentally sustainable wherever possible.
We always aim to reduce school related car journeys.
Our most recent review of our Vehicle Risk Assessment has revealed one or two issues that I would like to raise with you and seek your support on.
Times to avoid driving onto site
The school site has limited parking facilities and a relatively narrow road, particularly when you consider the need for buses to come onto the site between 7.45 and 8.45 in the morning and 2.45 to 3.15 pm.
We are reminding parents and carers that they should not drive their cars onto the school site at all between these times. Cars stopping on the school road cause immense congestion and increase danger to our students.
Turning around in the Tynings or worse still, in the school gate is also adding immensely to risk and congestion. We would like this to stop.
We suggest strongly that parents drop students at The Springfield Leisure Centre end, or by the pedestrian access gate by the Valley Road playing field entrance.
I understand fully that the Springfields end becomes congested. I would suggest however that dropping off students a little further up the road is always a possibility.
Please consider the extra time that your child might need to walk that little bit further to allow you to drop off safely and avoid congestion.
Parents Evenings and Special Events
I would also like to enlist your support in ensuring that all evening visitors to the site respect the double yellow parking restrictions and traffic cones.
We have to ensure that all areas of the school are always accessible (to the emergency services for example) particularly when there are big events such as Parents Evenings.
Poor parking has compromised this access on one or two occasions in the past.
We only have limited on site parking and we would always encourage Parents to leave in plenty of time for school events and park sensibly, even off site in the Springfields car park and beyond if no other legal parking is available.
I hope that you will help us to continue to provide a safe and secure environment for our students and the wider Corsham School community.
Marcus Chapman, Assistant Head, Site