Portfields Primary School Travel Plan
In Autumn 2015 Portfields Primary School signed up to the new Milton Keynes Road Safety Initiative called Park Smart. The hope was to raise awareness about safe places to park outside the school during busy drop off and pick up times, encouraging parents to consider the safety of the children and local residents when parking. This initiative was unveiled during National Road Safety Week in the October and Milton Keynes' Chief Road Safety Officer Nigel Spencer came into school and took our KS2 assembly and helped erect the banners alongside Local Councillor, school Governor Joan Sidebottom and local PCSO Christopher Ward.
In addition to this initiative the school has been dedicating time to train up Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) with the help of local PCSO as well as Nigel Spencer. The JRSO's have been making observations and speaking to parents and families outside school to encourage safer parking. We started with just four JRSOs and we currently now have eight and are hoping to expanding to ten for the next academic year 2017/2018.
With the completion of our new year 6 classroom in Spring 2016, we have included a Sheffield style bike rack for 80 bikes which has introduced cycling as a means of coming to school, this has gone some way to alleviating traffic pressure at peak times outside the school.
Children from Years 4, 5, and 6 now take part in the Milton Keynes Bikeability Programme which started in the school in 2015/2016 with just 48 children. This academic year 90 Year 4 children completed level 1 for the first time and we have over 68 children from Year 5 due to undertake level 1 and 2 by the end of July 2017.
The school is signed up to the National School Travel Accreditation Scheme - ModeSHIFT Stars and is currently in the process of putting together evidence to achieve the Gold Award after receiving both Bronze (2015/2016) and Silver (2016/2017) within just 18 months. This goes to show our commitment to improving and promoting travel to and from the Portfields Primary School for our 760 children.
This year the Milton Keynes Council hosted its inaugural JRSO Conference which local schools were invited to take part in. Our JRSOs took part in four different workshops in groups alongside professionals from the Police Service, Ambulance Service, and Milton Keynes Road Safety department.