7th March 2017 - Re: Cycling safety helmets
Dear Parent / Carer,
I am writing in response to a number of concerns raised by staff, parents and members of the public regarding the safety of some of our students when cycling to school.
Particular concerns include students not wearing cycle helmets. In addition, we have had reports of students weaving in and out of traffic, mounting and dismounting pavements without care or regard for traffic or pedestrians, and in a few cases, cycling on one wheel, ‘wheelie’ style.
We are pleased that so many of our students cycle to school. Cycling is an excellent way of improving fitness, whilst at the same time cutting down on costly bus fares. We encourage cycling to school, which is why we are in the process of improving our cycle storage facilities to make them more secure, accessible and user-friendly.
We would therefore request that if your son cycles to school, you spend some time reinforcing with him the need for a responsible and safety-conscious attitude. In addition, we are taking the step of insisting that all students travelling to and from school by bicycle wear an approved cycle safety helmet. Therefore, as of Monday 20th March, students not wearing an appropriate safety helmet will not be permitted to bring their bicycles onto school premises.
We hope that you will support us in our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students.
Jonathan Butcher (Deputy Headteacher)