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We have been working with schools to improve the safety and journey for our walking pupils. We develop a map while delivering environmental lessons on why leaving a car at home and walking is better for the whole community. The pupils work on plotting a 5 and 10 minute distance from the school, learn about air pollution and then the map is printed and given to every one in the school. The school adds the map to their website contact page and offers to every new family coming to the school.
Crowland School went a bit further an created a very catchy song that highlights the messages very clearly - see them perform their song on YouTube (external link).
Haringey Schools are successful! We have 65 schools with School Travel Plan accreditation - 14 bronze, 10 silver, 40 gold and 1 engaged. Accreditations are made in August after the school year ends, so these are accreditations for 2018/19.
This year TfL awarded St Aidan's Voluntary Controlled Primary with 'Top School of the Region for North London' for the work they deliver relating to road safety, active travel and whole school approach to being an Eco School.
The school travel plan (STARS) is a system allowing the school to plan and carry out activities to encourage a reduction in travelling by car to the school door. This year we are looking at all of the borough's schools in order to assess what improvements could be made. This includes the school's engagement with STARS and the impact a new traffic management scheme would have on the school, the area and the environment.
When a school encourages active travel, the families and community benefit from safer school sites, reduced pollution around the school, improved fitness and health so it is an important factor in achieving Healthy Schools Accreditation.
See also our Road Safety Education page with more information about initiatives and schemes that we offer.
The information from these enable us to help:
- schools reduce car journeys to school
- consider their views and recommendations to improve the safety of journeys to school
- plan our engineering schemes
- aim to reduce traffic congestion and parking problems around schools
- help to address your school road safety issues
Schools with approved travel plans are eligible to apply for grants from Transport for London. Schools can receive funding for anything from engineering measures, to planning curriculum work and classroom resources.
The latest online system to plan and record your school travel issues and initiatives is available online at the STAR (School Travel Accredited and Recognised) website (external link) suitable for secondary, primary and early years education establishments. Visit this website to register and email us to approve your application.
We offer one-to-one training for staff in our schools to use this TfL site, making it easier to complete their School Travel Plan. The exciting news is that staff and pupils can now work together and aim at higher levels of achievement within the streamlined STP scheme.
Schools find out more about updating their travel plan by contacting the Smarter Travel Team:
- Tel: 020 8489 5351
- Email: email@example.com
Each year we are looking at ways to encourage our pupils to walk to school. The benefits are far reaching, from simply arriving awake and alert and ready to learn, more aware of geography, maths and science to establishing a healthier more active lifestyle and helping reduce the CO2 and NO2 emissions around your school.
- The Walking Teddy Club (PDF, 451KB), is offered to encourage infants to walk to school. To take part please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8489 5351.
- The Walking Teddy Celebration pack (PDF, 390KB), is available to launch the Walking Teddy Club, but can be used to celebrate your walking activity and raise the profile of the activity - email us for stickers
- Walk to School Week (May) and International Walk to School Month (October). Resources are available from the Living Streets website (external link) - but contact us to find out if we have free resources and ideas to encourage your families and staff to change their travel habits.
- Free your Feet (external link) is a resource available for secondary schools through the Living Streets website. It is free to secondary schools with a school travel plan on STARS
- Walk It (external link) is another information site that can help plan walking routes, especially when your child is starting school or moving from primary to secondary school
- Crocodile Mascot - if you would like to liven up your walking initiative, contact us to book our adult size crocodile club mascot - an adult volunteer is required to wear at your event
A walking bus is where a group of school children walk to and from school under the supervision of grown up volunteers, one at the front (The Driver) and one at the back (The Conductor). They walk the same way each day, stopping at 'bus stops' to pick up and drop off kids along the way.
If you would like further information on the Crocodile Bus Club, please read the ‘Get on board’ walking bus leaflet in the attached files section below.
Junior Travel Ambassadors are recruited within each school from pupils in year 4, 5 and 6. They work with a teacher to deliver the key road safety messages through assemblies and competitions to the school, as well as changing their dedicated display board in the school. We now have more than 20 schools involved in this child centred road safety scheme.
The children involved gain experience in many fields (all supported by online resources), such as:
- peer teaching
- running competitions
- preparing and delivering assemblies
This is a year long programme that has lots of online resources updated by TfL - we support and offer training in borough, and encourage schools to attend TfL training days too. The STARS website (external link) has all the necessary information - no log on required.
There has never been a better time to get involved. All children and families can access free bikeability training for up to 4 hours. Schools can book training for all their pupils aged 9 and upwards - this includes secondary schools. Our contractor Cycling Confident (external link) is able to assist with route planning and training for family group riding from your home to school. Call them on 0845 652 0421 to arrange your school or individual lessons.
School Streets is a scheme to transform roads outside schools so that only pedestrians and cyclists can use them at school start and finish times.
- Air Pollution is reduced by having fewer cars at the school, as some drivers sit with their engines running for heat or air conditioning (engine idling)
- Road Safety is better as the children are able to walk to school in safety as there is less traffic
- Active Travel is increased as families are encouraged to walk, scoot, cycle, take public transport, or park further away from the school and walk
In Haringey, we take children's health and safety very seriously and we are investigating different way to improve the air quality, increase active travel and reduce car use. We will explore the best solutions for each of our schools. This could be the use of Walk Zone Maps for behaviour change, or implementing more permanent methods, such as installing bollards that can raised at the beginning and end of the school day. They create a more pleasant environment for everyone, while making sure residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still use the road.
Our first School Street Project started at Lordship Lane Primary School (Ellenborough Road N22) on 25 February 2019, where manual 'lift-up' bollards were installed following a full consultation and delegated report signed by Cabinet. The consultation information and delegated authority documents for Lordship Lane Primary School can be found on our roads consultation page.
Further School Street Projects in the borough will have to comply with certain criteria, which will include fully engaging with the STARS programme and be subject to localised statistics and geographical features as well as network management consultation.
How School Street Projects works
The streets around a school are temporarily only for the use of pedestrian and cycles at set times in the morning and afternoon. Signs inform drivers of the restrictions before the entrance to the closed street.
Vehicles are not permitted to enter the street between these times unless they have been granted an exemption.
If a traffic camera is used for enforcement, we will create a register for exemption if you're a resident living or working in a school street zone, a business in a school street zone, or a blue badge holder. Non-registered vehicles entering the street during the times of operation will be identified by camera and issued a fixed penalty notice.
For further information about any of these schemes, please contact one of Haringey Council's Smarter Travel Officers:
- Tel: 020 8489 5351
- Email: email@example.com