Getting To / From School
Modeshift STARS Travel Award
Once again we have received Modeshift STARS accreditation for the work we have done to promote walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel to and from school.
Of the 3,500 schools that are signed up to Modeshift STARS, Oakfield was one of just 117 schools across the country to be nominated for the 2023 National Awards. It really is a MASSIVE achievement to be nominated for these Awards and we are very proud.
Please remember that dogs are not permitted inside the school grounds ... even the cute, fluffy ones that can be carried or live in handbags ...
Although rare, we must make you aware that the school is on private property and the Headteacher has the right to restrict anyone access to the school grounds.
It is important that anyone accessing the site complies with directions from staff and follows our school rules.
We have very limited access to the school site and as such, parents are not permitted to park or drop off anywhere inside the school grounds ... schools are private property.
Parents who drive should be respectful to the residents on Sylvia Crescent. We work hard in the community and ask that you drive one-way around the roads (take a left turn after the Co-op) to help reduce congestion.
A huge proportion of our families walk to school together.
Children in Year 5 and 6 often start to walk in small groups in the spring and summer when it is light outside.
We do not promote older children collecting younger siblings and walking them home but will happily discuss this on an individual basis with families.
Cycling, Scootering & Blading!
We have facilities at school to park and store equipment.
Please bring a lock where appropriate.
Children should not cycle or scoot inside the school grounds to avoid any accidents.
At what age can my child be collected by their sibling?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the NSPCC recommend that no one under 16 should be left to care for a younger child for more than a short period of time.
The school reserves the right to refuse to allow a person between the ages of 14 and 18 to take responsibility for accompanying a pupil to or from school should we have any concerns about that person’s suitability to do so.
The suitability of a sibling, or other young adult, caring for a younger child will be considered on a case by case basis, by making a judgment of the potential risks of this arrangement; the maturity of the child collecting/being collected; the length and nature of the journey home, the behaviour and relationship of the children collecting/being collected.
What does the law say about siblings collecting?
It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure that the child is dropped off and collected by a responsible person if it is not safe for the child to walk home unsupervised.
There is no minimum age set in law when a young person is allowed to remain in charge of another child; however it is an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.
This can include in the care of an older sibling if the level if supervision is ‘likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’ (Children and Young Persons Act). Therefore parents/carers must understand and be prepared to take responsibility for anything that should go wrong in their absence.
Parents are also responsible for the care and safety of their eldest child, even while that child is acting in a caring role for younger siblings.
Questions to consider ...
How long, and how often, will the child/children be left?
Is the home environment safe and secure?
Has the parent/carer assessed the home environment/journey to or from school for risks?
Has the older child or ‘carer’ been involved in this risk assessment?
How far will the child/ren have to walk (if appropriate)?
How far away will the parent/carer be? Will they be easily contactable?
Do any of the children (this also includes the older sibling or ‘carer’) have additional needs – medical, emotional, behavioural, learning difficulties / disabilities?
How will these needs be met in the parent/carer's absence?
Does the child or sibling caring for another child know what to do in an emergency?
Does the child know who they can contact in case of an emergency?
Have instructions been left e.g. in case of a fire?
What are the expectations of the child/ren during this time? i.e. are they expected to cook for themselves etc.?
Does the child have knowledge about how to keep themselves and younger siblings safe e.g. road safety, not answering the door to strangers, cooking etc?
What is the level of knowledge when it comes to first aid?
How well do the siblings get on?
How will tension be managed in the absence of the parent/carer?
Are the children clear about rules and boundaries of what they can and can’t do while parents/carers are out?
If they are looking after a younger sibling, do they have the confidence and authority to implement these rules consistently?
What will they do if the younger children misbehave?