School Travel Plan 2017-2020

This Travel Plan is applicable to all

 staff, associates, volunteers and Student Teachers,
all pupils in the School, including those in an EYFS setting,
plus any other visitors, guests and hirers of the School’s facilities.

This Travel Plan sets out the key principles for traffic, transport and movement to and from Cheadle Hulme School (CHS).  The Travel Plan is a key enabler in the delivery of the School’s 10-Year Strategic Plan and in developing CHS as a sustainable and socially responsible organisation.

The initiatives outlined aim to be delivered during the years 2017-2020 and demonstrate the School’s commitment to encourage sustainable travel to and from School, to reduce the reliance on the private car, and to reduce the impact on the local road network.

This will be done against a backdrop that pupils’ health and safety is paramount and after taking into account the School operation, size and catchment area. The Plan includes realistic travel options that can be used by staff, parents, pupils and visitors, and will hopefully benefit them and the local neighbourhood.

November 2018 Update

Following the introduction of a new Pre-School class on 07 September 2018, a condition of the planning approval was that within 3 months, the School Travel Plan be revised to incorporate the Pre School facility and to ensure that measures are being implemented to enable and encourage the use of alternative forms of transport to access the site, other than the private car.  It was anticipated that half of the intake would either already be working at or dropping elder siblings at the School and September admissions data illustrates that this figure is greater than half so the Pre-School class is not adding significant trips to the network.        

The overall intention of the Travel Plan remains to encourage a safer, healthier and greener School travel for all pupils.  It is an evolving scheme of initiatives so the action plans have been updated from the academic year 2017-18; to ensure that they are achieving progress towards the three main aims:

Improving safety through the delivery of a pedestrian-friendly and vehicle-free central area in the School, to allow pupils, staff and visitors to walk through the School areas safely and efficiently.

Regular communication to families each term to reinforce responsible parking principles.

Circulation routes in the Estates Master Plan to improve the pedestrian experience.

Relocated the minibus parking and removed vehicular road markings on play spaces.

External Webpage and internal Staff Site with information on safe walking routes around School.

More lockers made available to store a change of shoes or high visibility clothing.

Replaced lighting under the railway bridge on Claremont Road.

Regular contact and with School Crossing Patrols and Local Authority School Travel Coordinator over highway safety.

Reducing congestion in the campus and on the neighbouring roads by decreasing the number of cars coming to and from School at the beginning and end of the School day.  Also helping to minimise air and noise pollution around the School and in the local vicinity.

Improvements in car parking protocols and “zoning”  for large events car parking.

Use of Greenbank and Hulme Hall Grammar School car parking for Open Days.

Set up a Park and Stride arrangement with the Hesketh.

Service level agreement established with coach company to improve services and a free trial offered in September 2018 to break down barriers to using the service.

Continued school coach arrangements with Hulme Hall Grammar to avoid extra vehicles on the roads.

Information on website and in parent’s Friday Flyer to promote car-share scheme.

Promoted car-sharing scheme through all-staff communications and new Staff Site page.

Removing barriers (both perceived and actual), to walking, cycling and using coach transport for journeys, by promoting information and opportunities that demonstrate the benefits of active, sustainable transport and help to inform travel options.

New webpages include travel information and options to families and visitors.

Travel to School booklet provided at Open Days and Entrance Interviews.

Staff Travel Form introduced to inform how staff about travelling to School.

Analysis of demographics, catchment and student population to inform travel options.

Featured quotes in the Plan to promote sustainable transport choices.

About Cheadle Hulme School

Cheadle Hulme School is an independent co-educational day School for pupils aged 3 to 18 years. The School was founded in 1855 as the Manchester Warehousemen and Clerks’ Orphans’ School and moved to the present site in the suburb of Manchester in 1869.

The School sits within land allocated as Green Belt in the Stockport Unitary Development Plan, which was adopted in 2006.

The School’s contact details are as follows:

Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire SK8 6EF.

www.cheadlehulmeschool.co.uk

The School’s Aims are:

That each pupils experiences a challenging, dynamic and relevant education which enables them to reach their full academic potential and flourish in a rapidly changing world;

That each pupils develops a love of learning that extends beyond the confines of examination courses, and is able to work effectively in a variety of settings;

That each pupils develops a strong set of personal values and learns to value themselves and others, appreciating difference and individuality and supporting those in need or less fortunate than themselves;

That each pupils discovers and develops a broad and relevant set of skills and aptitudes which enable them to undertake useful and effective roles in their communities.

The School aims to achieve these through:

An approach to education which fosters and encourages the core Waconian Values of Integrity, Endeavour, Resilience, Compassion and Contribution;

A co-educational environment which enables boys and girls to learn, work and develop together, enabling each to inspire the other;

A strong pastoral care system centred upon the principles of well-being;

A commitment to social inclusivity and outreach, building upon the School’s founding philanthropic values;

A range of learning environments which develop flexible learning and the ability to respond to and thrive in a technologically-sophisticated world;

A varied, inclusive and stimulating range of co-curricular opportunities, which complement and extend the curriculum.

To support these pupils and the day-to-day running of the School, there is around 274 members of staff including 141 teaching staff and 133 support staff.

School starts at 8.40am, with pupils arriving from 7.30am.  

The teaching day finishes at 3.45pm, with co-curricular activities going on until 6pm and on Saturday mornings.  As part of the normal course of business, the School also holds Open Days, sporting fixtures and educational events.  

In the evenings and weekends when not in use by the School, facilities are let out to local sports clubs and community groups.  Lettings are managed through Cheadle Hulme School Enterprises Ltd. which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheadle Hulme School. CHS Enterprises Ltd. ensures that lettings activities are carried out in a responsible manner, do not hinder or prevent School educational provision and align with the School ethos, aims and brand.  The profits of CHS Enterprises Ltd. are given back to the School each year to be applied for educational purposes.

“I know it's important to walk to keep fit, it's a bit like running but slower (!!). It takes a little while to walk"

Kaiya, Year 2 pupil

Location and Catchment

The School is situated in a suburban residential area of Stockport, and is located 205m from the busy Hulme Hall Road.  Hulme Hall Road brings a high volume of traffic close to the School and there are several other schools within the area; including Greenbank Preparatory (267m) and Cheadle Hulme High (664m).  As of September 2017, Hulme Hall Grammar School moved to the site of the former Hillcrest Grammar School; the old site remains vacant.

Whilst Hulme Hall Road is a strategic link road connecting Cheadle Hulme to the north with the A34 to the south, it has active residential frontage, with a number of properties having direct vehicular access onto this adopted highway.   The residential area surrounding the School is traffic-calmed with a 30mph speed limit.

The School benefits from three access points to the campus and associated parking areas (known as Claremont Road Visitors Entrance, the Gym car park, and School Lane Entrance), each of which are gated with controlled access operated by intercom by the School’s Main Reception.  Authorised pedestrians and cyclists can also use these access points to enter the campus and access the various School facilities.  

The School’s Main Visitors’ Entrance is located to the south of Claremont Road, a residential street that forms part of the publicly adopted highway.  The School runs alongside Claremont Road towards its junction with Heathbank Road to the west, with Hulme Hall Road to the east.  There is a further residential area on the eastern side of the School sports pitches as well as at Smithy Green; residential development on the western side of the School is restricted by the railway line and School fields.

Claremont Road has parking restrictions along its entire length. Yellow line restrictions prohibit parking and waiting along this route from the railway bridge to its junction with Hulme Hall Road during specific periods.

School Lane not only provides access to the School but also nine residential properties accessed from Woodlands Close, a cul-de-sac residential street.

Emergency vehicular access to the School can be achieved via Claremont Road and School Lane entrances, also via secure gates adjacent to the School Gym building.

The majority of pupils travel from Derbyshire, South Manchester and Cheshire, to attend the School.

A large catchment area means that there are many pupils who come by car although the School is well served by transport links including Cheadle Hulme train station, public bus routes as well as private pupils coach services.

Developing a Travel Plan

As the School has progressed and grown over the years, travel issues and habits evolve with each School year group.  The Travel Plan published in 2009 was updated in 2010 and then in 2012; whilst the School made a number of improvements and changes to travel principles/ procedures.  

These included:

Bikeability cycle training course offered in 2010 (48 pupils) and increased cycle storage installed in 2011.

2 new bus routes introduced in 2009 and 2010.

“Safe Scooter Licence Scheme” introduced in 2010 which included School Safe Scooting.

Rules (70 scooter licences issued in that year).

Car-share scheme promoted since 2009 (details included in information packs given out to new entrants).

Revised parking and on-site traffic flow for staff, visitors and families.

Introduction of traffic marshals at peak times.

New coach drop off / pick up area with 16 bays available.

“Cycle-to-Work Scheme” introduced in 2008 (36 staff members signed up since then).

This 2017-2020 Plan has been developed by building on the best of the tried and tested since 2009, making the most of what is now, and blending these with some new initiatives to create a positive plan for future years.

It is acknowledged that each year group can have its own characteristics which provides CHS with opportunities to explore new ways and develop different ideas; so for this reason, the Travel Plan will not be a one-off tactical document but a constantly evolving strategy.  For the purpose of setting targets and review periods, this Travel Plan will be reviewed annually and assessed fully in 2020.

Annual Updates

The annual review of the Travel Plan will evaluate the progress in achieving the objectives and prioritising the initiatives for the following year.  

Reviews and updates to the Travel Plan will be reported to a sub-Committee of the Board of Governors.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Senior Operations Manager, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Head (Pupil Welfare) and Head of the Junior School, is the main driving force delivering the Travel Plan initiatives, and along with a committed operations team, the School’s Senior Leadership Team champions to:

promote and encourage the use of travel modes other than the car and to promote the initiatives within the Travel Plan;

provide a point of contact and travel information for pupils, staff, families/carers and visitors;

ensure all relevant information is provided to interested parties and is available for visitors to the School;

arranging travel surveys;

Consultation and Involvement

To understand travel patterns and to overcome a natural resistance to measures that discourage car use, staff, pupils and families have been included in the whole Travel Plan development process.

Involving the CHS Community:

Pupils were asked how they normally travel to School through “hands-up” exercises in 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2017.  The results from 2011 showed that 83% of Junior School pupils travelled to School by car; compared with 92% in 2017.  

Following on from the families’ travel survey in 2007, all families were invited to provide information on their travel routines in 2016; 57% of respondents still did not use the pupils coach services as an option for travelling to School (even though 2 new routes were introduced in 2009 and 2010).  The survey identified that the primary source through which families find out about the services, is the School; although respondents commented on their confusion about who is responsible for the service.  Overall, families who responded to the survey are satisfied with the pupil coach services.

Following on from a staff travel survey in 2007, in 2016, staff were surveyed again about their choice of travel to work.  80.2% of those surveyed drove to work by themselves, with only 5.2% car sharing and the remaining 14.6% using public transport, walking or cycling.  74.5% of staff surveyed had no issues with parking on campus, but those who did, referenced difficulties finding a space.

Involving the Local Community:

A local community group “Hulme Hall Area Neighbourhood Voice” was invited to give its feedback and comments on the aims and initiatives early in 2017.  The School values its relationship with its neighbours and so the Neighbourhood Voice group provides a respected contribution to and involvement with developing travel initiatives.  Cheadle Hulme School also has a self-select mailing list which includes local residents and stakeholders – this mailing list is used to send updates on initiatives and key travel information.

The key travel issues arising from consultation:

The campus can be very congested during the daily “school run”;

Sixth Form students contribute to the volume of traffic both on and off campus;

Parking on the campus is fragmented and can easily become congested;

Thoughtlessly parked cars and congestion around the roads are a frustration for residents.

"I walk to School. I know the road which goes to the lollipop lady then cross the road and I'm there!"

Max, Year 2 pupil

Promoting the Travel Plan

The Travel Plan is made widely available to staff, pupils, families, visitors and local residents, to ensure that that wider community is fully aware of the objectives and the full range of initiatives proposed.  

The Travel Plan will not be a one-off event but a constantly evolving process and as part of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development Strategy where pupils are asked about their travel habits and the benefits of walking/cycling to School.

A “Travel to School” stand is a regular feature of the School Open Days and information is shared about:

  • School coaches
  • Public buses and trains
  • Walking or cycling
  • Car Share
  • Park and Stride

I walk to and from School every day, it takes approximately 10 minutes.  Walking to School is beneficial because not only am I helping the environment by not polluting, but I can also get some exercise without even knowing it!  

Walking in the morning also wakes me up and prepares me for the day.

Harrison, Year 8 student

Walking to School is health and you get a bit of exercise each day, it can also build up your strength and stamina.  

When you walk to School you can get have a nice walk with fresh air, get a better look at the nature around you, and you can get to know the area a bit more.

It is better than a bus or car because you are not using petrol so it is saving pollution and the polar bears.

Megan, Year 7 student

Aims, Initiatives and Action Plans

Reducing the number of cars

The aim is to keep the centre of the School campus pedestrianised, vehicle-free and a safe play space for pupils throughout the day; this is achieved by automatic gates, barriers and bollards at key entry and connecting points.  The School has a 5 mph speed limit in all areas and staff and visitors are asked to adhere to this speed limit at all times.

Campus Traffic Management Plan

There are a small number of car parks available on campus, but due to the School operation, size and being in the heart of Stockport Green Belt – spaces cannot be guaranteed.  60% of the spaces available are allocated to staff with spaces kept available for visitors and parents on the School-run.  To facilitate the traffic flow and to relieve the pressure on parking ares, parking zoning and arrangements are managed through the following protocols:

  • Business-as-usual (a normal School day)
  • Events (big and small during School hours and after 4pm)
  • Saturday Mornings (7am-8am and then after 8am)

For any events or arrangements which do not fit into these zones and protocols, the Operations team will advise on travel by public transport or dedicated coaches or minibus wherever possible.  

Standard parking zones are available in the:

Claremont Road/Main Building car park (including visitor bays);

Gym car park – open year-round and available for community use;

School Lane Entrance – including staff parking zone, parent park-and-walk zone, drop-off and pick-up zone;

Barn car park.

These parking facilities have developed over the years although the School has around 270 car parking spaces for all users, 10 spaces are designated for “car sharing”. If participation in car-sharing scheme increases, more spaces will be designated for this scheme.  

Staff who park on-site are expected to provide their car registration number for inclusion on the School’s administration system and will be issued with a parking permit which should be in clear view whilst parking at School.

To relieve the pressure on staff parking, staff who arrive early but leave School by 9.15am (e.g. Cleaning Services) are invited to park in the visitor spaces in the Main Building car park providing they are vacated by 9.30am. Staff or associates who come in after morning drop off time (8.45am) and leave before pick up (e.g. Visiting Music Teachers, Counsellors etc.) can use the ‘parent park and walk' spaces at School Lane providing they are vacated by 3pm.

Parents who drive their pupils to School each day benefit from improved parent drop-off arrangements at the School Lane entrance. These arrangements were finalised in the Autumn Term in 2016 and although this area becomes quite congested at peak times, there is improved vehicular through-flow.  This entrance is controlled by speed bumps and there are also new priority spaces for families with toddlers.  The use of School Lane for evenings and weekend lettings allows for more direct access to the sports and letting facilities, although parking can become full when other events are also taking place in School.

Parking can easily become congested during events such as Open Days and during Saturday sporting events.  The fragmented parking areas have an impact on the nature and character of the campus by creating a complex and illogical arrival experience for those visiting the School. To facilitate the traffic flow and relieve some pressure on parking, several protocols have been established to operate the school-run, weekend sports and events throughout the week.  As spaces cannot always be guaranteed, car sharing, coach travel, cycling, or travel by public transport wherever possible is encouraged.

There are accessible spaces in the Main Building car park and drivers must display a Blue Badge in order to park in these spaces.  Those who, whilst not a Blue Badge Holder, for other reasons require similar assistance can request support.

Sixth Form Drivers

Many sixth form students take and pass their driving test whilst still at School and it is recognised that some will want to drive themselves to School, either regularly or occasionally.  Sixth Formers may only use their cars during the course of the day with permission from the Assistant Head – Sixth Form.

Sixth Formers with a full licence are asked to complete a ‘Sixth Form Car Drivers Form’ which should be returned with registration numbers for a School log.  

As a strategy to discourage sixth form students from driving to School, sixth form students are not permitted to park in School car parks, although feedback from the local community suggests that they otherwise simply contribute to the congestion of parked cars in neighbouring roads.  With specific permission, Sixth Formers may park their cars on site for evening events and for sporting fixtures.

Sixth Formers are expected to:

Pay particular regard to the Highway Code and any local restrictions in force regarding  parking when using local streets;  

Not park illegally, and should also keep access to/exit from driveways clear, not park on grass verges or impede the paths of those using wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.;

Park legally and considerately on local streets, taking into account the narrowness of some of the roads and the possible need for emergency/delivery/service vehicles to gain access;

Be aware of any temporary local parking restrictions, e.g. coned off areas outside properties where building work is taking place;

Minimise any disruption that may be caused to residents in the local area by avoiding loud music, engine revving, unnecessary use of the horn, etc.;

Drive in a safe, responsible and considerate manner at all times.

The School will take seriously any complaints made about any Sixth Formers’ careless or dangerous driving or parking. If the School is aware that complaints have been made about a Sixth Formers’ driving, or parking, it will reserve the right to inform parents about these concerns, and take appropriate action.

Further work can be done to educate Sixth Formers about the use of travel modes other than the car.

Park and Stride

Parents can now park up or drop off/pick up at the Hesketh between 8-8.40am and 2.45-3.45pm.

After running a successful pilot project during the 2017-18 Summer Term, parents are continuing to park at the Hesketh pub on Hulme Hall Road rather than dropping off at the school gates.

The pub has made 30 spaces available in the hope of easing congestion, as well as encouraging families to get more active. Parents have said that when using the Park and Stride, the school run is not only faster, but less stressful.

A spokesperson from Stockport Council said: “It’s great to see local businesses supporting a Park and Stride initiative.  It means that pupils travelling by car can park a short walk away from school and help to reduce congestion outside the school gates, making the area safer.”

Deliveries and other vehicles

Delivery vehicles are directed to the Claremont Road Main Entrance and are permitted to enter the vehicle-free areas (to deliver to the kitchens for example,) until 7.30am when pupils start arriving.   After this time, they must be escorted by a member of staff to allow pupils, staff and visitors to walk through the pedestrianised areas safely and efficiently.   Contractors are not allowed to park in the vehicle-free areas during term-time, unless agreed by the Senior Operations Manager and a day permit is displayed.

The 5 mph speed limit must be adhered to at all times.

Internal information about Driving Minibuses and other Vehicles for School Activities can be found on the School’s Staff Site.

Aims:

Reduce the number of cars at the beginning and end of the School day.

Encourage staff who live within 3 miles to to utilise alternative methods of transport, where feasible.

Increase the participation in the car-share schemes from 5% to 15%.

Create a pedestrian-friendly and vehicle-free central area to the School.

“We live round the corner from each other so it just makes sense to car share to School.  We are always trying to think of new ways to approach set texts in Drama or ideas for devised work with students and so this gives us time to talk through our ideas and help each other out.”

Mrs Gardner and Mrs Haspell,

Teachers of Drama & Theatre Studies

Action Plan:

Plans Implemented and Ongoing Actions:

Actions Planned:

  • New Staff Travel Form introduced within welcome packs which  include information about public transport, walking and cycling to inform how staff choose to travel to School.
  • Included promotional information in Friday Flyer to promote the benefits of car-share scheme.
  • Regular communication to families through Friday Flyer and message from the COO to reinforce responsible parking initiatives.
  • Improvements in car park management and “zoning”  for large events car parking.
  • New webpages now include alternative travel information and options to families and visitors.
  • Promoted the car-sharing scheme through all-staff communications and webpages.
  • Collaborated with Greenbank Prep School and Hulme Hall Grammar to make use of available car parking for Open Days.
  • Raised awareness of nearby Council-run car parks and an alternative option (Park and Stride at the Hesketh - trial in May 2018).

  • Introduce personalised journey planning for staff to identify any barriers to alternative transport, and to remove any perceived barriers.
  • Look at what  incentives could be offered to staff who live more than 3 miles away to choose alternative modes of transport other than car.
  • Educate Sixth Formers (such as through driving and parking awareness courses) about the use of travel modes other than the car.
  • Invite local community groups into School to educate sixth form students about the impact irresponsible parking can have on the neighbourhood.
  • Continuous communication to families to reinforce responsible parking initiatives.
  • Continue to promoted the car-sharing scheme through all-staff communications and webpages.

"I live really near to School and sometimes I walk: it's nice to look around and enjoy the fresh air."

Libby, Year 2 pupil

Increase the use of student coach services

As part of the strategy to removing barriers, both perceived and actual, to using coach services for School journeys, the School has begun working more closely with the operator to establish a service level agreement and address key concerns from existing families.

There is a comprehensive coach network now offered by Elite Coaches, which includes a late service to Wilmslow, Hale, Bowdon and Altrincham, departing Cheadle Hulme School at 5.15pm. All services are operated independently of Cheadle Hulme School and the arrangements are made directly between parents and Elite.  

These services currently terminate either on the Cheadle Hulme School site (via the School Lane access).  Once in Cheadle Hulme School site there is a Coach Drop-Off/Pick-Up Area.  

The key principles underpinning the evaluation of pupils coach services are:  

  • Pupil Safety
  • Pupil and Parent/Carer Experience

The School recommends the student coach services as the way for most of the senior students to travel to School.  Analysis of the passengers from each year group shows that as students progress through from the Lower School (Years 7-8) into the Upper School (Year 9) more students use these services as they become more independent.  The numbers of passengers in Year 10 are slightly less and then decrease further in Year 11.  

Many Sixth Form students take and pass their driving test in Year 12 or 13 and are less likely to use the student coach services as they have their own car which they enjoy driving to School in.

Aims:

Increase the use of pupils coach services from 43% to 60%.

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Decrease dissatisfaction rates about the overall service provided by pupils coach services by 100%

Improve the information provided about the services (including routes, costs and service levels).

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Analysis of the pupil population reveals that almost half of pupils have a sibling in the School.  This goes some way to acknowledge that whilst many parents will drive a car to School - they will often be dropping off two or more pupils and in terms of economical considerations it is more cost effective to drive to School than pay for two or more pupils on the student coach.

Coach Area Management Plan

The School has a Coach Drop-off/Pick-Up Area off School Lane to facilitate travel to School at the start and finish of the day (during term-time); and to develop an effective and safe system for students and visitors to be dropped off by coach and picked up before and after events.  Coaches may wait in the Area to pick up, but should not park for the entire day (8am-6pm) or for prolonged periods of time.

Students board the coaches from a designated pathway - there is no requirement for students to cross the coach drop off area. Coaches primarily use bays 1 - 12 but bays 13 - 16 can also be accessed from the same pathway.

During term-time, two members of the Estates team direct traffic flow (including coaches) and supervise pedestrian safety at School Lane during the “School run” (between 8am-8.45am and 3pm-4pm). A Duty Rota of teachers is in place between 3.30pm-4pm to accompany students to the Coach Drop-off/Pick-Up Area, checking that they follow the safe routes, supervise students safely onto the coaches and wait on duty until the coaches leave the School.

The School Duty Caretaker supervises a late bus service at 5.15pm from the Coach Drop-off/Pick-Up Area.

There will be bespoke plan agreed for managing the schedule of large events requiring additional parking.

The Coach Drop-off/Pick-Up Area has a vehicle gate with signposts for coaches, and a pedestrian gate which is automatically open between 8am and 6pm.   Students leave the coach drop off onto a safe path that takes them all the way into School. They exit at the end of the School Day using this same path.  

The traffic flow area has dedicated crossing points and a walkway by Lockhart for students being dropped off by car in the drop off zone. The fencing between DT/Lockhart is closed until after 4pm to prevent students flooding across the parking area.

There are CCTV cameras at the Coach Drop-off/Pick-Up Area and an appropriate lighting scheme using a dark/light sensor until 6pm. There is also enhanced dark/light sensor lighting in the traffic flow areas.


“I like walking to the bus stop in the morning because the air is really fresh and it gives me some time to think on my own.  The bus is great because I get to make new friends who I wouldn’t normally meet - I only have to wait two stops until my friend gets on.

Getting the bus is good because it means that one bus is driving on the road instead of seperate cars - which is good for the environment because less greenhouse gases are produced which helps reduce global warming.”

Maya, Year 7 student

Action Plan:

Plans Implemented and Ongoing Actions:

Actions Planned:

  • Established a service level agreement with Elite Services as the sole provider.
  • Established arrangements with Elite Services to facilitate the collection of Hulme Hall Grammar School students to avoid adding extra vehicles to the roads.
  • Worked closely with Elite School Transport Coordinator to participate in Open Days and Parent Information Evenings - new “services” room as part of evening tour (includes uniform etc).
  • Travel to School booklet provided at Open Days and Entrance Interviews.

  • Annual review of service level agreement with Elite Services.
  • Continue to work closely with Elite Services and build better links by inviting them to participate in key events (such as Open Days and Information Evenings).  
  • Plan future social media posts and site posters to highlight the benefits of using coach services, such as reducing stress and time spent in traffic.
  • Make the experience of using pupils coach services over using a car more convenient by exploring additional facilities at the Coach Area to remove perceived barriers.  Such facilities may include a covered waiting area or seating.

Increase cycling, and make it safer

Cheadle Hulme School provides modern, varied and enjoyable options of sport and physical exercise to all pupils and an active lifestyle is at the core of the School’s co-curricular experience. Claremont Road is identified as an on-road cycle route / advisory / quiet route which connects the School to the wider cycle network via Upton Avenue onto traffic free cycle routes through Bruntwood Park to Cheadle and Heald Green.  Other surrounding residential streets are suitable routes for cyclists, as they are generally lightly trafficked and have low vehicle speeds.  

 

“I cycle to work come rain, snow or sunshine. It only takes me 10 minutes and is an active way to start my day, helping me feel alert and ready for the challenges ahead. It also keeps me relatively fit, working off some of my overindulgence at lunchtime!”

Mrs Grange,

Teacher in Learning and Support

The School campus has the benefit of cycle parking facilities, including a purpose built cycle store outside the Netball courts that can accommodate around 20 bikes/scooters and 5 hoops outside Staff House which can accommodate a further 10 bikes.  It is considered that the cycle parking spaces are under-utilised, generally because they are not in a convenient location for pupils.  Scooter parks are also available in the Junior School playground to encourage sustainable travel for younger pupils and pupils when accompanying parents walking to School.

There are some showers facilities available in the Gym, Swim, Staff House and Pavilion – although access and operation of these facilities is not widely understood across the School.

Aims:

Increase the number of pupils cycling to School who live less than 10 minutes away.

Increase the number of pupils feeling safe and confident cycling to School.

Improve the facilities to encourage more staff to cycle to work.

“Cycling to School every day allows me to keep fit and save money while doing my bit to help the environment. I always feel much more awake and ready for the day ahead after cycling in”.

Mr McSherry,

Head of Business Management & Economics

Action Plan:

Plans Implemented and Ongoing Actions:

Actions Planned:

  • Set up a new Travel to School webpage with information on active, sustainable transport options.

  • Use Travel to School webpage point of reference to showcase the benefits of active, sustainable transport.
  • Evaluate the provision of cycle storage and shower facilities as the Estate Master Plan evolves, with the view to relocating these along with bag storage options, and to be in a convenient place for entry to School.
  • Continue to offer Bikeability cyclist training so that staff and pupils understand the principles for better and safer cycling.
  • Set up“Cycle to School” days to potentially remove perceived barriers to cycling.
  • Promote scooter licences and reward charts for Junior School pupils to encourage them to scooter to School.

Increase walking, and make it safer

The School does have a large catchment area beyond walkable distance but as it is situated in a suburban residential area there are still many who walk to School.  Those who walk, mainly use Claremont Road which has standard width lit footways which connect with the footways on Heathbank Road and Hulme Hall Road. The School has formal pedestrian access routes from Claremont Road, the Gym car park/Broomefield and School Lane which have fair levels of passive surveillance; allowing staff, pupils and visitors easy and safe access onto the campus from the surrounding area.

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Whilst the School has a large catchment area, almost a quarter live in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Gatley, Heald Green.  Whilst the student coach company offers a reduced price for those who live within a 5 mile radius of the School, it is acknowledged that for many it is convenient to walk or cycle into School, for others who are passing the School with an onwards journey to work - dropping pupils off on the way is more practical.

“Due to the morning traffic I can walk to work in about the same amount of time it would take me to drive.  I get my flat shoes on, get my earphones in and have 20 minutes of Radio 2 and complete a good percentage of my daily steps! A morning walk sets me up for the day”

Mrs Mathieson
External Relations Assistant

School Safety Crossings

In the 2007 survey, the main reason that parents gave for their child not walking to School was “it’s too far or it takes too long” but other factors were that “the roads are too busy and/or traffic too fast”.  Whilst trying to make the ‘school run’ as convenient as possible, the School’s priority is to ensure pupils’ safety.  

Hulme Hall Road is a very busy and fast road and the School is very fortunate to have two School crossing patrols which are arranged by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.  These two areas at Hulme Hall Road/Upton and Hulme Hall Road/School Lane reach the criteria for a crossing patrol and were confirmed by a 2018 census of how many pedestrians, children and vehicles passed by in every five minute period over the course of an hour.  There has been an impact of Hulme Hall Grammar no longer being there in that there is 15 minutes at the end of the school day where the crossing patrol is doing nothing because Hulme Hall finished earlier, but the decision was made by the Council to maintain these hours.

Other areas surrounding the School have been surveyed due to the congestion issues. No other area has met the criteria for a crossing patrol as the Council factor in the speed of traffic and in their view, queuing traffic is less likely to result in an incident. Congestion is different to speeding but were parking causes a problem for pedestrian safety a request has been submitted for an Enforcement Officer to put add the areas on the list of places to visit, although that can’t be regular as there are 100 schools in the area to monitor.

The Council surveys are carried out every 3-4 years.

Aims:

Increase the number of pupils feeling safe walking to School.

Promote the benefits of walking to School.

Action Plan:

Plans Implemented and Ongoing Actions:

Actions Planned:

  • Set up a webpage with information on safe walking routes to School.
  • More lockers made available to store a change of shoes or high visibility clothing.
  • Circulation routes (Golden Routes) incorporated in the Estates Master Plan to improve the pedestrian experience.
  • Strengthened the pedestrian character of the campus by relocating the minibus parking and removing vehicular road markings to allow the play spaces to feel entirely pedestrianised.

  • Determine initiatives to improve awareness of surroundings as well as pedestrian safety skills.
  • Revisit the local community groups to build safety surveillance system routes around the main pathways into School; reassuring pupils and parents of vigilance (attempted in 2017 but no take up).
  • Promote Park and Stride scheme (parents encouraged to park at a local car park, and walk the little extra distance to School), as well as WOW (Walk Once a Week) schemes and car-free day campaigns; to encourage staff to experience the benefits of walking to work.
  • Continue to strengthen the pedestrian character of the campus by placing benches in “roads” to allow the play spaces to feel entirely pedestrianised.


"I sometimes walk and sometimes  I scoot, I prefer scooting because it's faster!"

Annabelle, Year 2 pupil

Increase the use of local rail services

Cheadle Hulme railway station, which is on the Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe & Stoke-on-Trent rail lines, is approximately a 900m walk from the School; pupils are known to use the Crewe-Manchester, Stoke-Manchester and Buxton–Manchester train lines.

“I love taking the train to School every day, except one time when I missed my train and had to get a later one!  It is safe and reliable and even on snow days they aren’t cancelled.  I then walk from the platform with friends so I enjoy the walk to School”.

Gabriel, Year 7 student

With the railway station being well within the accepted 2km walk and 5km cycle distances from the School it is realistic to expect staff, pupils and visitors to walk or cycle to access these train services.  However, it is generally thought that not many pupils or staff use this option – possibly because of the narrow, shady and quiet pathways.  It is noted to be a cheaper option than using the private pupils coach services.

Public pathways to Cheadle Hulme Train Station

The 42B and 313 public bus services routes go via Cheadle Hulme rail station on a 2 buses/hour frequency, but the nearest commercial bus stops to the School are located on Church Road and Gillbent Road at the three-armed roundabout junction. These stops are 350m from the School Lane entrance to the School, a 4½ minute walk from the main School entrance.  Although these bus stops fall within the recommended walking distance from School and the pedestrian routes to these stops are lit continuous footways, it’s generally thought to be inconvenient.  Feedback from the pay-as-you-go coach services operated through the School is that the 8.20am pick up from Cheadle Hulme train station was not very well used.

Aims:

Increase the number of pupils using trains to travel to School.

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Improve the links to Cheadle Hulme train station to School.

Action Plan:

Plans Implemented and Ongoing Actions:

Actions Planned:

  • Replaced lighting under the railway bridge on Claremont Road.

  • Continue to explore the viability of a frequent shuttle bus from the Cheadle Hulme rail station to School and promote this as a convenient staff and pupils travel option (considered in 2017 but was not viable).
  • Follow up on request for Community Police patrols, and exploring Walking Bus or alternative supervision along the pathways to the railway station to make this route feel safer (approached GMP in 2017 but no response to request).

Feedback and Suggestions

The Senior Operations Manager, is the main driving force delivering the Travel Plan initiatives.  If you would like to query anything within the plan, or feedback about any of the arrangements or schemes please get in touch.

Mr Martyn Mancey-Johnson

Senior Operations Manager

Cheadle Hulme School

Claremont Road

Cheadle Hulme

Cheshire, SK8 6EF

0161 488 3330

MManceyJohnson@chschool.co.uk 

This document is uploaded to www.cheadlehulmeschool.co.uk/why-chs/travelling-cheadle-hulme-school but if you would like a printed copy please contact the Senior Operations Manager.

SLT member responsible:

Chief Operating Officer

supported by the Senior Operations Manager

Date of approval:

03 December 2018

Proposed review date:

September 2019

Primary policy:

Health and Safety Policy

Other related policies and procedures:

Equality and Diversity Policy

Safe Travel for School Activities Procedures        

To view previous versions of this document please email enquiries@chschool.co.uk