Re: Road Safety on Thistley Hough
Further to my letter dated 05 January 2018, I write with deep concern that a number of our students are still not exercising caution when crossing the roads around the Academy on their journeys to and from school.
During form time yesterday, students were shown real footage of a student who was involved in an accident on Newcastle Lane. Whilst we appreciate that this footage was shocking, we believe it was necessary to highlight the importance of taking good care whilst crossing the road. During this dedicated form time, we reminded students to ensure that they do not use their mobile phones, headphones or other devices whilst crossing the road, and again impressed upon them the importance of taking the utmost care whilst crossing the road. We would urge that you continue to discuss the importance of this with your son/daughter at home.
Thistley Hough Academy is continuing to work closely with the Local Authority and Councillors to address ongoing concerns with regard to road safety around the Academy. The wellbeing of our students is paramount, and we are committed to ensuring that we do all we can to educate them with regard to keeping themselves safe when crossing the road. I am however, disappointed that a number of parents/carers are continuing to park on the pedestrian crossing and other restricted areas outside of the Academy. As advised in my previous correspondence, we have now started to photograph and pass on the registration plates, of any cars causing an obstruction, to the relevant authorities, and will continue to do this as part of our road safety campaign.
Whilst I am thankful to the majority of parents/carers who adhere to the restrictions in place, I again ask that parents/carers use the lower car park drop off zone to ensure that we are all doing all that we can to ensure the safety of your children.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dear Parent /Carer
Our THActive programme for this term has now been finalised and we have many clubs and activities running at lunchtime and after school for students to join. Overleaf is the Spring Term timetable.
Attending extra-curricular activities gives students the opportunity to meet new people, make friends, try new skills, relax and have fun! Research shows that students who regularly attend extra-curricular activities are more engaged in learning and make more progress in lessons than students who do not.
We expect every student to attend at least two clubs or activities a week with the exception of Year 11 students, who we expect to attend at least one. Please actively encourage your son or daughter to take part in the THActive programme.
Can I also inform both students and parents that at the end of the school day everyone is welcome to attend any one of the clubs and can complete homework in the mezzanine. However if they are not attending a club they need to leave the school site and not walk around the Academy.
Re: Road Safety on Thistley Hough
On the second day of the term, I feel compelled to write to you again to express my very grave concerns with regards to parking on Thistley Hough.
Yesterday, on the first day of term for students yesterday, I was informed by a local resident that a minor collision had occurred as a result of congestion and parking on Thistley Hough. Thankfully nobody was injured in this incident, however a number of local residents report that they were verbally abused by the parent/carer involved in the collision. Clearly this is not acceptable behaviour, and I am greatly saddened that the Academy is being represented in this way.
On numerous occasions we have written out to parents/cares to implore them to use the lower car park and drop-off zone. There is ample space in this area in which students can be dropped off and safely picked up. I would urge you again to ensure that you use this facility if it is necessary to drop-off/collect your children in your vehicle. Thistley Hough is simply not large enough to cope with the volume of traffic and the number of parents/carers dropping off and collecting their children on this road. Myself and the governing body remain deeply concerned of the serious health and safety risks posed by such large volumes of traffic on this road. This risk can be dramatically reduced by parents/carers using the lower car park.
As I am sure you are aware there is a pedestrian crossing for the use of students on Thistley Hough itself. On a daily basis, parents/carers and taxi drivers continue to park on this pedestrian crossing. I often ask drivers to move their vehicles when parked illegally on this crossing. As a result of yesterday’s incident and our continued concerns for student safety, I will now be photographing all registration plates and taxi licence plates and forwarding them on to the relevant authorities in the hope that this leads to changes in behaviour in order to positively impact on student safety.
In addition, next week I will be meeting again with local residents to discuss their concerns in order to see if any further action can be taken. We continue to work with the local council, cabinet members and other relevant stakeholders to continue to drive improvements to student safety around the roads to and from our academy. Clearly parental/carer support in this matter is vital. For the majority of parents/carers who park responsibly on the lower car park, I wish to thank you for your support in this matter.
I am frustrated that this issue is ongoing. Please be assured that our absolute priority is the health, safety and well-being of your children.