This week is Road Safety Week – the biggest road safety awareness event in the UK – organised by road safety charity ‘Brake’ and it’s a great opportunity for us to remind pupils of the highway code and safety when crossing roads.

During the week, the police often do roadside checks of vehicles for safety, highlighting the dangers of poorly maintained vehicles and offering advice to drivers, or running speed checks and reminding the general public of how speeding is a major cause of accidents and contributor to deaths through road accidents.

It also serves to remind those pupils who commute to school by bike that (besides having been issued with a bike pass), they must:

  • wear an approved bicycle safety helmet
  • obey the Law, the Highway Code and normal road safety rules, treating other road users and pedestrians with consideration both on and off the academy site
  • dismount at the road entrance – bicycles must NOT be ridden on academy grounds
  • provide a strong, secure bicycle lock to be used whilst the bicycle is on the academy site. Although a secure area has been provided, the academy can take no responsibility for the loss or damage to bicycles either on or off the academy grounds
  • use a bicycle that is road-worthy to a legal standard. Where a bicycle is found to be defective, it may be confiscated, following which, parents/carers must arrange for collection at the end of the school day. Basic safety checks will take place in the academy.

More information on this important week can be found here.