Yesterday was the first day all our year groups have been in school together for quite some time and it has been lovely to see them all again. Unfortunately, with the school day returning to normal so too have the parking problems at drop off and pick up time.
We received several complaints yesterday from other road users about our parent/carers parking dangerously and performing unexpected U-turns at this very busy time.
As you know our school is situated on an extremely busy 'A' road which means pavements should be left clear for pedestrians. Parking on pavements puts pedestrians (including our students) at severe risk. We have received complaints from local residents from our neighbouring streets saying they have had to walk into the road and the path of traffic with their small children and pushchairs to get around our parents parked cars. This is unacceptable and we have been in contact with the police to ask them to monitor the situation.
Please find below a more detailed overview regarding expectations for driving/parking outside the school site at drop off and collection times:
Do not park on double yellow lines opposite the school - please arrange an alternative place to park further away from school which is legal and safe.
Do not park on pavements blocking access for pedestrians.
Do not park on our neighbouring streets which are 'Access Only'. These include Longwood Avenue, Laurel Grove and Harold Street.
Do not park on the Castlefields Industrial Estate - large industrial vehicles and lorries require constant access to and from the estate which makes it dangerous for our students and affects the local businesses if they cannot get through.
Do not park at the top of the Five Rise Nursing home's driveway. Constant access is needed for Ambulances, staff and visitors.
Do not park in the bus turnaround - this is required for our school buses.
When parked legally and safely, please turn your engine off whilst waiting. Engine idling is a big cause of air pollution around schools which affects our local community and pedestrians as well as the drivers and passengers of the cars.
Be aware of other road users and do not perform U-turns on the main road - this increases the risk of a student being knocked down or a road traffic accident.
We would also like to ask parent/carers to consider the use of the excellent public transport links where possible to alleviate the large numbers of cars parking to collect our students.
If you do need to park near to school, please consider the safety of your own children, other students and pedestrians at school drop off and collection times.
We remind our students to be safe when arriving and leaving school and direct them to use the appropriate crossings at all times. We would like to ask all parents and carers to remind students of the safe way to cross such a busy road and to support us in securing the safety of all our community members.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
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