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School Travel Plan

 

 Issue 2                                        School Travel Plan                        November 2006

Introduction


Kilmarnock Academy is a comprehensive secondary school serving pupils in the age range 11 to 18. The school roll is around 770, the vast majority of whom live in the school catchment area. Around 8 to 10 pupils in each year group attend the school on placing requests.

The catchment area is entirely urban, centred on the town of Kilmarnock . It stretches from the south east of the town, through the town centre, up to the north west . It is preponderantly local authority housing, or former local authority housing, with a small area which suffers from serious social deprivation.

The staffing in school consists of around 65 teachers, 25 clerical or support staff and 30 cleaning, catering or janitorial staff.

The school facilities consist of the main school building, two gymnasia and a games hall, and a sports field and pavilion one mile distant from the school. The main building is used extensively in the evenings for night classes, as are the PE facilities.

There is a small car park to the rear of the school, and the upper playground area is also used for car parking. In the lower playground there is limited parking close to the disabled access entrance and to the PE facilities. There is on-street parking around the school.

For pupils, there is no school bus provision since the whole catchment area is within a three mile radius of the school. Pupils walk, cycle, use public transport or are driven to school. There are partial cycle routes in operation in Kilmarnock .

For staff, most either walk or drive to school. A very small number use public transport, usually the bus, to travel.

The area around the school is currently subject to planning in relation to road directions and parking.

Current travel issues include the congestion in the immediate area caused by pupil drop off and pick up at the beginning and end of the school day. Many pupils choose not to walk or cycle when it would be perfectly feasible to do so. Parking around the school causes problems at times for school buses going to and from the playing fields.


Travel Policy and Objectives

The travel plan is produced against a background of increasing emphasis on health and safety. The safety of pupils travelling to and from school, and around the school, is obviously important. The national concern about the health of teenagers is also relevant, in that walking and cycling to school are less common than previously, and would contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

The specific aims of the plan are to

  • maximise safety en route to and from school by offering appropriate advice and encouragement
  • maximise safety in the immediate school area by discouraging car usage
  • improve health outcomes for pupils and staff by encouraging walking and cycling
  • contributing to the eco-school programme by encouraging alternatives to individual car use by parents and staff

The school community will benefit from reduced congestion and increased health benefits. The environment will benefit also.

Survey Results

In 2005 the school community parents, pupils and staff participated in a survey of current travel patterns.

The barriers to walking or cycling were as detailed below.

For parents, convenience, distance, safety and speed were of most concern, in descending order of priority.

For pupils, traffic, crossings, lighting and cleaner pavements were identified as issues.



From the site audit the following issues emerged.

Parking cars near access/exit doors in the Old Academy building.

Cycle training would be useful for pupils.

Public transport timetables are not readily available.

Information on travel currently not included in the school handbook.

Volume of traffic around the academy, two primary schools and East Ayrshire personnel office.

The main issues to be addressed are identified as:

•  Noticeboard with public transport timetables to be updated

•  Information to parents to be included in school newsletters and website

•  Information on walking and cycling to be disseminated to pupils and staff

•  Contact the Roads Department concerning the congestion around the school and the difficulties with travel to the school sports fields.

Initiatives

The school has been involved in the consultation process regarding roads and parking in the immediate vicinity of the school, and will continue to be involved. The School Board has played an active part in this.

Currently the school is actively seeking health promoting status. It has achieved the Bronze award in the Eco School programme. We participate annually in the hands up travel tally and will continue to do so.

Cycle storage areas have been created by the school and by East Ayrshire. All pupils have access to lockers to store equipment.

Road safety information is disseminated to all pupils, including a drama performance for S1 - S 6 pupils will attend a presentation on reckless driving.

The whole school participated in a partnership sponsored walk, promoting the health message, to raise money for Yorkhill Hospital .

The priorities will be to

•  encourage walking

•  display public transport timetables and cycle routes

•  encourage car sharing

•  use the PSE programme to promote healthier lifestyles and increase environmental awareness.

 

Action Plan

 

Issue

Action

Who

Target date

Safety

 

 

Low numbers walking or cycling to school

Offer advice to pupils and parents

 

Encourage pupils and parents to consider this via

  • assemblies
  • newsletter
  • school handbook
  • at parents' evenings

SMT

 

 

SMT

From August 2006

 

 

From November 2006

 


Low use of public transport

 


Update timetables of public transport


SMT


From November 2006

 


Use of private car


Safe parking advice

  • parents
  • staff

 

Encourage car sharing


SMT

 

 


SMT


From November 2006

 

 


From November 2006

School resources will be sufficient for the dissemination of information and advice.



Monitoring and Evaluation

The school travel committee will meet annually to discuss progress. The travel plan will be publicised via the newsletter and website.

Travel surveys will be re-issued on a two yearly cycle and results compared with previous years'. This information to be displayed on the travel noticeboard.

Participation in the hands up travel tally will be on an annual basis.

Results will be disseminated to parents, pupils and staff.

Following the review of progress, the action plan will be updated.

 

Criteria for Success

 Increase in number of pupils walking to school.

 Decrease in number of car journeys to school

 Increase in numbers cycling or using public transport.

 

Carole Ford

Head Teacher




Travel Plan Distribution List

STP Co-ordinator, Roads and Transport Services, School Board, Pupil Council, Sports Co-ordinator, School SMT and PTs, Quality Improvement, Head of School Support.