The school run: cycling, scooting and walking to school

The school journey is a perfect opportunity for children to learn about their local area, develop wider social networks and gain independence.

The average primary school journey is just 1.5 miles, and yet one in five cars on the road during the morning peak are doing the school run.

Encouraging children to walk, cycle and scoot will reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates. It will also help your child’s mental and physical health. Teachers find that pupils who walk and cycle arrive at school more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day than those who travel by car.

Drivers: Can you please help

As we encourage children and families to walk, please be mindful that some children, who may be unfamiliar with the hazards when walking to school (junctions, uneven pavements etc), will be walking to school. Whilst our younger pupils will be accompanied by an adult many of our older pupils will be walking unaccompanied. Simple changes like taking an little extra care when parking along Barn Lane and Moor Lane and making allowances for the unexpected, e.g. child stepping out at a road crossing/junction, will help ensure that everyone arrives at school happily and safely.

Families who live further away: Park and Stride
We understand that some families live further away from school and so walking the whole distance is not possible.
Why not park ten minutes away, e.g. car park next to the Green, and walk the remaining distance?

Need more advice?

There are lots of resources and top-tips about walking, cycling, scooting and being active!

St Peter's C of E Primary School

Moor Lane, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6QF

01395 443167

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