Road Safety at Bosbury - a Handy Guide!
With several lovely new families having started at Bosbury School at the beginning of the new 2020/21 school year and with the vast majority of our existing pupils and parents having only just returned to school over the last three weeks after a six month break as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown and the summer holidays, we thought it would be a good time to remind our school community of some important road safety information to help keep everyone as safe as possible here at Bosbury.
SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL
We are very lucky at Bosbury School to have our very own School Crossing Patrol Officer (SCPO, or, okay, lollipop man if you prefer!) who, somewhat unusually nowadays for primary schools is employed directly by the school rather than the local authority to help keep children and their parents safe crossing the road outside school during the busiest times of the day.
Mr. Ponter is our SCPO and the service normally operates between 8:45 and 9:00am in the mornings and 3:00 and 3:30pm in the afternoons. Please note that the crossing patrol may not be available on occasion due to Mr. Ponter being needed to cover staff absences, take classes at the start or end of the day or accompany children on school trips or sports competitions - these occasions will always be notified to parents via the school's text messaging service the day beforehand, and parents should take extra care crossing their children over the road when the SCPO is unavailable.
If you need to cross the road to school from the church side, it is always safest to use the SCPO who crosses children and their parents to the left of the school drive as shown by the green arrows above. Remember to cross in front of the SCPO and not behind, and please remind your children not to cross until Mr. Ponter says the infamous words, "Cross now!". Please try and avoid crossing children to the right of the school drive where cars often park as shown by the red arrows above - visibility is greatly reduced when crossing children in-between parked cars and there is the added danger of parked cars suddenly reversing - indeed only very recently we had an incident where a reversing car ran over a poor child's foot.
SAFE DRIVING AND PARKING
Please drive safely and DO NOT exceed 30mph when driving in the village - 20mph is more advisable when driving past the front of the school during the busiest times of the day. DO NOT park on the yellow zig-zag lines found directly outside the school entrance, even if it is only for a few seconds to drop children off. This is enforceable by law, can make it very difficult for the SCPO to cross children and their parents safely, and is extremely dangerous at a time when there are lots of people using the top of the school drive. Please also avoid parking directly in front of the church gates, and also along the path between the village hall and church - parking in these places causes dangerous obstructions to pedestrians as well as reducing visibility for the SCPO.
VILLAGE HALL PARKING
If no parking spaces are available on the school side of the road or on the stretch of wider pavement in front of the churchyard, the village hall car park is available for use through kind permission of the Parish Hall Committee. Please ensure however that you only park here for as long as necessary to drop off and collect children from school - parents should be vacated from this car park by 9:15am in the morning and 3:45pm in the afternoon (4:15pm when after school clubs are on). Occasionally the village hall car park may be closed to parents due to the hall having been booked for an event - these closures will be notified to parents again via the school's text messaging service and we ask that parents please comply with any closures.
We do not advise parking down the lane to the right of the churchyard unless there is no other option as the narrow lane coupled with cars using this junction to turn around can create a significant hazard for pedestrians.
SCHOOL DRIVE AND STAFF CAR PARK
Please DO NOT drive down to the school car park to drop off or collect children unless you have been obstructed to do so by staff in order to collect children for example in a medical emergency, and please also DO NOT park in the side road to the right of the school bollards - this is a private drive and we are extremely keen as a school to maintain good relations with our neighbours. Please also do not allow your children to climb on the stone bollards or play down the adjoining drive, as well as round by the boiler house or in the car park itself - we have had a number of injuries and close calls in the past from children not staying on the path outside school. The only exception is when Class 2 and their parents need to wait along the left side of the car park during drop-off and pick-up times.
Take care when waiting with children in the school car park at the start of the day or collecting them at the end of the day as there may be staff vehicles moving - staff are allowed to drive into the car park up until 8:45am. During the ongoing pandemic, we would also like to remind parents to maintain social distancing in front of the school, vacate the premises as soon as your child has been dropped off or collected, and try and avoid congregating and chatting in groups in front of the school and up the drive. The red X in particular below indicates where parents should not congregate as this tends to cause a bottleneck at the front of the school during drop-off and pick-up times.
A HUGE thank you to all of our families for complying with the above instructions and helping to keep our school community as safe as possible both in terms of road safety and in light of the ongoing pandemic. The safety of our pupils is ALWAYS our top priority at Bosbury School.