Skip to content ↓

The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Safer Routes to School

Keeping our children safe is extremely important. But keeping them safe and putting a smile on their faces at the same time is even more rewarding.

We are the Safer Routes to School Group and our aim is to give our children the opportunity to socialise, feel more independent, confident, happier and healthier while teaching them how to be safe on the road.

The School actively participates in the Safer Routes to School programme. Being a school with a compact catchment area, most children are within walking distance and many of our children regularly walk, scoot or cycle to and from school. The children not only benefit from the fresh air and exercise, but can also collect 'Go for Gold' stamps which entitle them to regular rewards. This not only reinforces our keeping healthy and sustainable message, but helps to alleviate the danger caused by too many cars at the school entrance. Additionally, children in Year 1 are given specific 'Footsteps' training on aspects of road safety.

We also organise road safety campaigns, with the help of The Parish Council, Police and Fire Brigade, to help parents/carers and children understand how important it is to avoid driving or parking on or near the school premises and have been successful in securing funding to purchase cones, signage and CCTV to improve road safety around the school entrance. This has resulted in a significant decrease in traffic around the school entrance over the last year.

No unauthorised cars are allowed to enter the school premises at pickup and collection times and for the safety of all our children, we specifically request that drivers 'Stay away from Faulkner Way!' Please do not drive into and park in Faulkner Way. 

We have arranged that cars can park in the Co-Op car park or Cross Court car park and children who live further away can walk to school from there. If, for reasons of disability, you need to use the school car park, you must request permission from the School Office.

We are proud that in 2015, our School achieved a Modeshift STARS GOLD award for the Group's travel plan initiatives, and also a national award for 'promoting walking'. You can find out more here:

We're having our slice of fun too with our Coffee Mornings (with yummy cakes and hot drinks), bake sales and a stall at the Christmas and Summer Fayres. 

To make all these happen, we need YOU. What we are doing needs constant support, attention and participation.

If you decide to be a part of our small, but very enthusiastic team, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact the School Office if you are interested in joining the Group or would like to find out more.

Thank you very much!

The Safer Routes to School Group  

Please click below to see our Safety Campaign newsletter, our The Downley School Travel Plan, and a video we made: