School Travel Plan 2017-2020
This Travel Plan is applicable to all
staff, associates, volunteers and Student Teachers,
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.
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:
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.
The School’s Aims are:
The School aims to achieve these through:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
Deliveries and other vehicles
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.
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:
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.
“46% pupils have a sibling in CHS”
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.
There will be bespoke plan agreed for managing the schedule of large events requiring additional parking.
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.
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.
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.
21% pupils live in SK8
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cheshire, SK8 6EF
0161 488 3330
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
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