In order to ensure that our children are safe at all times, we have introduced a new Drop Off and Collection Policy.
This policy relates to situations where parents and carers would like their child to travel to and/or from school independently. Also for parents and carers who wish to provide drop off and/or collection by an older sibling or family member.
Our school prefers that all children be dropped off and collected every day by a responsible adult.
Introduction of the policy
If you would like your child travel to/from school independently, then you should first read our Drop Off and Collection Policy and then complete the consent form on the last page. The teachers have hard copies of this form; they will send home blank copies with children who already travel to and from home independently. This form should be sent in to your child’s class teacher who will review it, sign it and send a copy home to you. Once both you and the class teacher have signed the form, your child will be able to travel to/from school independently.
In some circumstances the school might not agree to your child travelling independently, and identify alternative options for your child to travel to/from school.
We know that many of our Key Stage 2 children already travel to and from school independently, so whilst we are introducing this policy, they can continue to travel this way (see timetable below).
Deadlines for the introduction of new policy are as follows:
- Monday 16 April 2018: Policy publicised on school blog
- Monday 23 April 2018: Signed consent forms returned to class teacher by parent
- Friday 27 April 2018: Signed consent forms returned to parent by class teacher
- Monday 30 April 2018: Policy in use from today
Pupils travelling to or from school independently
The most important factor to consider about suitability of a child travelling to/from school alone is any risk to the child. When considering whether it is suitable for a particular child to travel to/from school independently, we take into account, among other factors, the following:
- The maturity of the child
- The length and nature of the journey home
- The behaviour of the child
Please note, we will not allow any children in Year 2 or below to travel to/from school alone, under any circumstances.
Distance from School
All children travelling home alone must be capable of arriving home within 30 minutes of the end of the school day. Journeys over 30 minutes are not considered appropriate for children to travel alone.
Drop off/collection by an older sibling/family member
We will not allow any child to be dropped off to or collected from school by anybody under the age of 16 years old. Therefore, we will not allow any older siblings or family members who are pupils in our school to collect other children from school.