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Traffic at the Roundabout

An update from Stuart Clyde, Head Teacher


 

 

I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the parents, carers, friends and family members of our young people for bearing with us over the past few weeks whilst we’ve been trying to make the drop-off point safer for your children. Trust me, I know it has been a pain and I absolutely empathise with those we’ve asked to find somewhere else to park. However, I believe we’re doing the right thing in making that area less dangerous.

 

Our initiative has, in fact, been our response to a growing number of parents and carers who highlighted to us that parked cars at the roundabout were leading to further double-parking and children darting between vehicles; obviously not a safe environment. Add a few turning school buses into the picture and the potential for accidents is significant.

 

Now, I realise that many are citing too few parking spaces as a problem, and they are absolutely correct. All schools are built to accommodate vehicles for staff and a handful of visitors; to have parking facilities for every parent too would be impossible. No school has that, it is the realm of supermarkets and retail parks I’m afraid, which means we have to find alternative solutions. However, parking illegally and potentially dangerously, we don’t believe is one of them.

 

Again, I would like to thank those who have supported our traffic safety initiative so far, showing cooperation and goodwill, even in light of the inconvenience it may have caused them. I appreciate this greatly, as it can be challenging trying to win drivers’ hearts and minds. For those who are still unsure about helping us out: please talk to us, we would dearly like to work with you to reach a solution, our door is always open.

 

Our patrols at the roundabout may not be sustainable everyday as our time is needed elsewhere in service of our pupils, so I may need to leave it up to your judgement when it comes to safety at the drop-off point. Again, I empathise with you that this can be a real inconvenience but we only have the welfare of your children at heart.

 

Thank you for your continued understanding, goodwill, cooperation and, of course, patience. I look forward to welcoming you into our school very soon.

 

Stuart Clyde

Head Teacher