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Yealmpton Primary School

Yealmpton Primary School

Active Travel

At Yealmpton Primary School we encourage children and parents to travel to school by cycling, scooting and walking wherever possible. We will be promoting three ’Active Travel ‘ events each year with the help of the Active Travel Team, a group of keen walkers, cyclists and scooters from Year 6 to Year 1.

Aims of Active Travel are to:

  •  Encourage healthier lifestyles by walking, scooting and cycling;
  •  Improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, children on scooters and drivers;
  •  Reduce Congestion around the school;
  •  Reduce carbon emissions from vehicles in and around Yealmpton.

Some of the benefits of active travel:

  • Being active on the way to school leads to more awake and alert pupils in the classroom;
  • Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The journey to and from school is an ideal time for children to engage in physical activity;
  • Walking / scooting and cycling to school are great ways to help pupils become familiar with their local environment;
  • Walking, scooting and cycling helps improve air quality and the local environment around their schools by removing the number of cars around the school gate;
  • Reducing car use and congestion around the school gates increases pupil safety and reduces harmful toxic fumes.

For the well- being of our children, we expect parents and carers to:

  • Encourage their child to walk to school whenever possible;
  • Encourage their child to take up opportunities to develop their competence and confidence in cycling or scooting;
  • Consider cycling, scooting and walking with their child on the school run; possibly joining with other families as a ‘cycle train’;
  • Provide their child with equipment such as high-visibility clothing, lights, a lock and essentially a cycle helmet as appropriate;
  • Ensure that the bicycles and scooters ridden to school are roadworthy and regularly maintained;
  • Consider your child’s competency to walk to and from school independently and complete the walk to school register.
  • Consider your child’s competency to cycle or scoot to school independently and let the school know. The decision rests with the parents.
  • Please check that your home insurance covers for bike or scooter loss or damage