We continue to be concerned about traffic safety and would like all parents/carers to help us to keep our students safe by parking well away from the school and being mindful of our neighbours at the start and end of each day.
We encourage our students where possible to walk to school. There are many benefits to walking, some of which are detailed below.
The Pedestrians’ Association identifies the following good reasons for parents/carers to walk to school with their children:
- Healthy: it’s a good way to keep fit
- Non-polluting: by leaving your car at home you can help reduce the harmful gases that are putting the world and your child at risk
- Friendly: time to talk to your children, shopkeepers and neighbours
- Less stressful: walking is less hassle than driving
- A chance to teach and learn road skills: your children experience the world outside before they go off alone
- Considerate: every car less outside schools makes it safer for other children
- Educational: you see and hear much more when you walk rather than travel by car
- Economical: add up what you can save in a week
Other benefits of encouraging children to walk to school include:
- It can easily be integrated into the daily routine
- It provides children with a positive parental role model if their parent accompanies them on the walk to school
- It provides children with a chance to talk to their parents/carers, which is not easy to do in a car when parents are concentrating on traffic and getting stressed finding a parking space
- It can help children to relax and wind down after school
- It will help to establish the habit of walking for short journeys rather than using the car – the average length of trip for the school journey is 1.2 miles
- It is an activity which is accessible to the majority of people – it is cheap, requires no expensive equipment or specialised facilities (apart from safe routes), and is manageable
- It can promote neighbourliness and social interaction – children will see their local environment, meet and get to know local people, and have a chance to chat to friends
- Action taken to make routes safe for children to walk to school will be beneficial for the whole community
- If large numbers are encouraged to walk it can help to make streets safer
For further information please visit the following websites:
We encourage Whalley Range 11-18 High students to cycle to and from school. For more information about the benefits of cycling and how to ride safely, please visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
All students should ensure their bike is roadworthy and that they are wearing suitable safety accessories and helmet.
Students should always follow The Highway Code.
We have cycle sheds available for students to store their bicycles in and these are locked during the school day. Students must ensure that they secure their own bicycles with a suitable bike lock and should not leave any valuables in or around their bicycles.
Some students may eligible to receive a cycle voucher to be used towards the cost of a bicycle. For more information please visit the Manchester City Council’s Apply for a secondary school cycle voucher page.
Please visit the Cycle Streets website.
This includes a route planner to enable students to choose the safest route. Follow the steps below:
- Click ‘Plan your Journey’
- Click ‘Cycle Streets’
- Enter your home postcode
- Enter the school post code M16 8GW
- Click ‘Plan this Journey’
- Select the quietest route
Please visit our School Bus Service page.