Walking to school
Walking is a great way to get to school – it’s healthy, free and doesn’t create pollution. It also reduces traffic congestion during the ‘school run’.
Walking to school also gives our students independence. Once they know their route and can cross roads safely, they can walk by themselves or with friends.
Cycling to school
Cycling is another great way to get to school. However, young people aged between 11 and 15 are more likely to come to harm on the roads than any other group, so they need to be aware of the dangers.
If your child cycles to school, make sure their bike is in good working order, and that they wear a helmet and reflective jacket. Work out the best route, with the least traffic.
We have a secure bike shed in the rear yard of the school that is locked at 8.45am each morning and unlocked 5 minutes before the end of the school day.
Driving to school
If walking or cycling aren’t possible, there are several ways of getting to school by road:
Driving your child to school with empty seats in your car is the least environmentally-friendly way to get them to school. However, it’s still the way many kids get to school, especially while they’re at primary. If this is your situation, it’s worth taking some time to see if you could organise it any other way, at least on some days.
Your child may be eligible for free school transport, for example if they have special educational needs or disabilities. To find out more, it’s best to check with your local authority. The website www.direct.gov.uk is also very informative.
The following services run close by – more details can be found at www.tfgm.com:
Go Goodwins service
Salford Quays Stagecoach service
Urmston Stagecoach service
Manchester Stagecoach service
Manchester Arriva service
Metrolink – Manchester to Altrincham line
Travel tips for secondary pupils
Talk with your child about what they should do if they felt threatened, e.g. if they felt an adult was following them or behaving oddly on public transport.