Everyone at Greswold realises that, as an expanding 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.
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.
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.
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 8:40am and KS1 and Reception at 8:50am. In the afternoons, KS2 finish at 3:10pm, KS1 and Reception at 3:20pm and Nursery at 3:30pm.
Regular liaison with Solihull Highways Agency to discuss, assess and implement new initiatives. Approved proposals by the agency recently include 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 for local residents and a possible Zebra Crossing.
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.
Sustainable Travel Newsletter published and distributed termly to Greswold families, residents and the local community with regards to current travel issues around school and new initiatives being implemented.