Everyone at Greswold realises that, as a large primary school, we have a duty of care to pupils, their families and local residents alike, to explore a range of options to help alleviate traffic congestion directly outside school whilst also promoting a healthy lifestyle. We attempt to achieve this by implementing several schemes and initiatives to further safeguard the Greswold community, especially at 'drop off' and 'pick up' times.
The following document has been shared by the Sustainable Travel department at Solihull MBC for all families to use. It contains information about safer travel to and from school after lockdown:
Our other Sustainable Travel initiatives include:
A Walking Bus service accommodating up to 24 pupils enabling children to walk to and from school and allowing parents to drop off and collect at a quieter, more convenient location. The service is for children from Reception up to year 6. For more details, pick up an information leaflet outside the school office. Please note that the service is currently unavailable due to Covid restrictions, but will hopefully return in the summer term.
Scooter pods at both pedestrian entrances to encourage families to scoot to school. There are spaces for up to 80 scooters in total.
An increasing number of bike stands to promote healthier transport options. Currently, there are about 25 stands in two different locations accommodating up to 50 bicycles.
Cycling is a fun, healthy and sustainable way to travel. Cycle hire makes travelling around the region super flexible for you. Get your first ride free by clicking on this link for details: https://www.wmcyclehire.co.uk/
This next link is perfect for planning a bike ride with your family. It contains routes ranging from 3 to 30 miles long situated within Solihull and Birmingham: https: //letsride.co.uk/routes/search?location=B91+2AZ&lat=52.4236245&lng=-1.7817368&radius=10&distance_min=0&distance_max=40
Park and Stride venues within our local community for Greswold families to park and walk the rest of the way to school. Currently, we have links with two locations. St Helen's Church on St Helen's Road is a ten minute walk (left hand route below) which passes through a beautiful wooded area. The Hub on Hermitage Road allows access from the other end of school across Lode Lane and through a small park taking about five minutes. To use The Hub, families need to send their car registration details to school to avoid parking meter charges. Using these convenient locations will help to alleviate traffic congestion around school thus further safeguarding the pupils, their families and members of the local community.
Staggered school start and finish times to help alleviate traffic congestion. Currently, Nursery starts at 8:30am, KS2 at 8:30am and KS1 and Reception from 8:40-8:50am. In the afternoons, KS2 finish at 3:10pm, KS1 and Reception at 3:20pm and Nursery at 3:30pm. Please note that some of the these times have been temporarily altered during the 20-21 academic year.
Regular liaison with Solihull Highways Agency to discuss, assess and implement new initiatives. Approved proposals by the agency previously have included the refreshing of zig-zag lines, the installation of larger no parking signs around the zig-zags and the introduction of traffic awareness stickers on refuse bins. There will also be assessments made for future H markings.
Bikeability, Cycling Fun and Scootability programmes run in school for children in all year groups to promote healthier but safe ways to travel to and from school.
We have always endeavoured to work in partnership with our local residents, those of Buryfield Road, Ferndown Road and Links Drive. As a school, we would like to encourage everyone to be aware of their personal cirumstances.
* Please park thoughtfully on the roads around school ensuring that you don't block any H markings or residents' drives. Also refrain from dropping off or parking on double yellow lines unless you have a Blue Badge and the exisiting disabled spaces are full.
* Always turn off your car engines if you're waiting for someone to return to help reduce air pollution.
* Please, please, please ensure that rubbish is disposed of correctly as there have been increasing amounts of litter found on pavements and residents' gardens of surrounding roads after pick up time.
Solihull Council Traffic Officers and our local PCSO are sometimes available to reinforce expectations and legalities if necessary.