Queensbridge School is a member of the Modeshift Stars Scheme, which is Birmingham’s Centre of Excellence for the delivery of Effective Travel Plans in Education, Business and Community settings.
Queensbridge encourages all of our staff and pupils to use sustainable forms of transport on their journeys to school.
What can parents do to help?
- Sustainable travel - encourage your child to walk, cycle or take public transport to school.
- Cycle to school - for those pupils who cycle to school we have bike sheds at the front of school for our pupils to safely store their bikes. Everyone using the bike sheds must ensure they bring a lock with them to school every day. Also all pupils must ensure they wear a helmet if riding a bike to and from school.
- Helping keep roads outside schools safe and clear - there are speed bumps and double yellow lines on Queensbridge Road. We encourage all our parents to keep everyone safe and not park, pick up or drop off on these lines. The school car park is normally full and we would therefore advise parents to only use this in the case of an emergency pick up or drop off.
Advice for Year 7
We know one of the biggest changes pupils may face is planning how they will get to and from their new school. This can be an anxious time, particularly if travelling by unfamiliar routes, travelling alone or using public transport alone for the first time. To make this transition easier, here are our top tips for Year 7 pupils and their families to prepare for September:
- Look up the safest way to come to school (even if it takes a little longer!) and make sure you practice this with them before they start in September so they are confident in the route they need to take.
- Make sure your child knows their address and the school address. Apps such as Google Maps can help plan their journey from home to school, via walking/cycling and public transport. Queensbridge School's post code is B13 8QB.
- Road safety awareness is key! Make sure your child is aware of the distractions when walking to school and keeping safe e.g. phones, friends and traffic.
- Have a plan B. If your child is getting on the bus make sure they know the route and what to do if something goes wrong - such as the bus not turning up.
- Taking the bus. If your child is getting the bus make sure they know what they need to take each day (bus pass, mobile phone) and have items that are currently required for all members of the public when taking the bus (mask, hand gel and are aware of how to socially distance)
- Plan your cycling journey cyclinguk.org/journey-planner
- Safer Travel - "See Something, Say Something" initiative on public transport: text 83010
- West Midlands Network advice for young people: up-to date advice on travelling safety wmnetwork.co.uk/plan-your-journey/network-overview