School Street

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In partnership with Wakefield Council, our school is part of the Wakefield School Street Scheme, which is a pioneering approach to promoting active travel to school, tacking road safety and air quality outside schools, by closing roads to traffic at the start and end of the school day. This helps to reduce congestion at the school gates, making it easier and safer to walk or cycle to school, creating a more pleasant environment for everyone.

School Streets offer a range of measure which includes, cycle and scooter parking, road safety skills, pool balance bikes and scooters, cycle and scooter training to encourage more children to actively travel to school.

Please read the School Streets Launch Letter to Parents for more information.

Please see also the School Street Update – January 2022

Area of School Street

Frequently Asked Questions

What are School Streets?

School Streets are when traffic is restricted on road(s) directly around schools for short periods at drop-off and pick-up time. They free up the road space to make it easier and safer for children and families to walk, cycle or scoot to school at the beginning and end of the school day. School Streets also address other issues such as congestion around the school gate and on local streets, community relationships, air quality and noise. School Streets are increasingly popular around the country. Recent research shows that they encourage people to walk or cycle and cut the number of vehicles in the wider neighbourhood.

A link to the report can be found www.napier.ac.uk/about-us/news/school-street-closures

When did Wakefield Council introduce School Streets?

In May 2020 the UK Government announced that funds would be made available to fund the implementation of schemes to promote and prioritise active travel (walking and cycling). In November 2020 Wakefield Council was successful in an application for funding. Some of the allocation has been allocated to deliver School Streets.

Schools across the district have been assessed for the suitability of a school street.

The following schools are part of the trial that launched in mid-September 2021.

  • Carleton Park JI School                         16th September 2021
  • Kettlethorpe High School                       30th September 2021
  • Ryhill JIN School                                   14th October 2021
  • Girnhill Infant School                             19th October 2021
  • South Parade Primary School                10th November 2021
  • Fairburn View Primary School                17th November 2021
  • Holy Family and St Michael’s CP School 9th December 2021
  • Cherry Tree Academy                           9th December 2021
  • St John the Baptist CP School                TBD

How were schools selected, and will there be any more?

We looked at all schools in Wakefield for the introduction of a School Streets assessing the location, presence of local businesses, current restrictions, bus routes and speed limits to identify the most suitable schools. As this is a community led initiative we contacted all schools that were suitable for a school street to determine the willingness to implement the initiative.  We then sought approval from local Councillors. Once the school and ward members were on board with the proposal we consulted with key stakeholders, residents, parents, MP’s and town and parish councils.

Future phases of School Streets will depend on the outcomes of evaluation of existing schemes and on the availability of funding.

How are School Streets funded?

Wakefield Council were successful in a bid from the Government’s Active Travel Fund.

How will you know if it’s been a success?

We will evaluate the scheme thoroughly before changing it or making it permanent.  Mode of travel data is being collected alongside parking counts before and after the scheme is introduced.  There will also be an online survey for residents, parents, school staff and pupils to complete before the trial period has ended.

 I’ve got another question! Who can I ask?

To find out more about School Streets in Wakefield contact: schoolstreets@wakefield.gov.uk or call 07823 551624

How do School Streets work?

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) legally restricts traffic from driving on key street(s) around a school. This creates a ‘School Street zone’ at the beginning and end of the school day. Vehicles are not allowed to enter the street(s) during these times unless they have a permit, or are exempt. The zone will be enforced by the Police, and drivers may get a fixed penalty if they drive on a School Street during restricted times. Times vary from school to school.

How long is this TRO for, and what will happen when it expires?

The ETRO is for up to 18 months. During this time, the Council will monitor and review all the School Streets. A further consultation will take place and, if supported, we will apply to make the TRO permanent.

How have you publicised this?

The schools involved have been proactively contacting families about School Streets through various means.

  • The Council has informed local councillors about any School Streets in their wards.
  • The Council has written to all residents and businesses on the School Streets.
  • The Council has provided schools with a sample letter and text message to send out to parents and carers, along with relevant content, details and maps to use as they see fit.
  • A press release has gone to local media, supported by social media communications

How do I know which streets will be affected?

There are clear, permanent signs in appropriate places so that everyone can see the times when traffic is restricted. If you are a parent or carer, you will also receive notification from school (for example, a letter, newsletter, link to the school website or Facebook page etc.). It will provide information and maps showing the School Streets and suggested Park and Stride sites where you can park your car and then walk or scoot a short distance to school. If you live or work on a School Street, you will also receive a letter from the Council with information, maps and three permits to access the restricted street.

Will there be a permanent barrier?

No, because the restrictions are only for short periods of time at the beginning and end of the school day. It is, nonetheless, an offence to drive on the streets during restricted times, whether or not there is a physical barrier. The police will enforce this, and drivers who break the law risk getting a penalty notice.

What about weekends, holidays and bank holidays?

The School Streets scheme is Monday to Friday every day regardless of school holidays or bank holidays/inset days.

Who will enforce this?

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) means that it is an offence to enter or drive in an active school street without a valid school street permit. The police will enforce School Streets and will perform random checks. They may issue a fixed penalty notice to the offending driver.

Who is allowed access to a School Street zone?

Residents and businesses located on a School Street will be allocated three ‘School

Streets access permits’ to allow them access. Additional permits can be requested at schoolstreets@wakefield.gov.uk However they should strive to avoid driving on a

School Street during restricted times, or drive at a walking pace, to help make the street safer for children and families. Anyone else (including school staff) who drives in the School Street without a permit during the restricted times will be breaking the law.

What vehicles are exempt?

Vehicles are not allowed to enter the street(s) during the times of operation unless they have a permit, or are exempt. Exempt vehicles are:

  • Emergency services and healthcare worker vehicles (including doctors on-call);
  • A vehicle operated or contracted by the School to transport people to or from it;
  • A vehicle bearing the livery of a universal postal service, actively engaged in delivery;
  • A vehicle bearing the livery of a private delivery service provider actively engaged in the delivery of goods to premises or properties

What about carers, and tradespeople?

Only vehicles displaying a valid school streets permit may drive in School Streets when the restrictions are in operation. Please alert any carers, district nurses and similar support workers that they should aim to visit outside the restricted times if possible. Whether you are a school, a resident or a business, we suggest that you pro-actively notify guests about the restrictions, where possible.

What about teachers and other school staff?

If you work at the school, you may be issued with a permit at the head teacher’s discretion.

What about rented vehicles or ‘car club’ cars?

You need to park elsewhere, or wait until the restrictions are not in operation.

What about taxis and private hire cars?

Taxis and private hire cars are not allowed to drive on the School Streets during restricted times. Please avoid booking during the restricted times, or arrange for pick up from a nearby street that is not affected by the restrictions.

What if I’m already parked on the School Street?

If you don’t have a permit you may not drive in the School Street during the restricted times.

Please wait until the restriction ends before moving your car. If you do move during the restricted time, you may incur a fixed penalty.

Will parking at drop off and pick up times improve?

If you live or work on a School Street, this scheme should help to address issues around illegal, inconsiderate and dangerous parking and congestion.

I live nearby – won’t people just come and park on my street?

Some people worry about ‘displaced parking’ and congestion elsewhere. However research shows that School Streets usually help to reduce the number of vehicles in wider neighbourhoods, because more people choose to walk, scoot or cycle to school. The school and the Council will continually promote other forms of transport and encourage families not to come by car if at all possible. Some, though, will not be able to do this, and we have suggested ‘Park and Stride’ locations, where people can park their car and then walk or scoot a short distance to school. However some people may need to park on other streets.

What should those who normally drive children to school do?

We hope that many parents and carers will choose to walk or cycle instead of driving. Those for whom that is simply not an option have to park elsewhere and walk in, and will need to allow time for this. We have identified suitable ‘Park and Stride’ sites for each school.

What about people such as grandparents, who pick children up, who may not be able to walk so well?

The school will be allocated a pool of permits to be distributed to parents/carers who have a mobility issue. Anyone else will need to park elsewhere, for example in the Park and Stride sites identified.

Doesn’t this simply make things more dangerous for families who have to park further away and walk in?

We have carried out risk assessment on the routes between the Park and Stride sites and the school and will take steps to reduce any hazards. Research from around the UK shows that there is no increase in road safety issues when School Streets are introduced.

School Streets Access Permits

For the duration of the 18 month trial period, you will be allocated a permit if you live or work on a School Street. This permit is free of charge for the duration of the trial. If after a full evaluation and further consultation the school street becomes permanent, you will be able to apply online for a free permit so that you can continue to gain access to the school street during the restricted times.

Permits must be displayed clearly on your vehicle windscreen.

How do I get a permit?

You will be posted three permits to your household.

How long is the permit valid for?

Your permit will be valid until the end of the 18 month trial period school term in April 2023. If you move out before then, the permit terminates.

What if I lose my permit, or it is stolen?

Please email schoolstreets@wakefield.gov.uk or telephone 07823 551624 to request a new permit.

What powers do those who are helping to staff School Streets have?

School staff and volunteers will, if necessary, alert drivers of the restriction by pointing to the signs. They will explain the reasons for School Streets to passers-by and drivers if asked, in line with current social distancing guidelines. They do not have the power to stop people from driving in a School Street. They will report any incidents as appropriate. The Police will also check on the School Streets.

Operating Times

Our School Street will be in operation between:

  • 8:30am – 9:10am
  • 2:45pm – 3:25pm

During those times, there will be no vehicle access, except for permit holders. Please be aware that it will be an offence to access the street at this time with a fixed penalty ticket issued if caught.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the school office or Wakefield Council at:

WMDC Contact Information
Name: Sue Walker
Position: Senior Project Leader (Transport)
Phone number: 07823 551624
E-mail: schoolstreets@wakefield.gov.uk