The numbers of cars and other vehicles on our roads is increasing all the time and it is ever more important for all young people to understand the potential risks and dangers.
At Dunston Hill Community Primary School, we believe it is vital to teach our pupils how to be safe passengers, pedestrians & cyclists. Working together with parents, pupils and the school community is the only way we can ensure that we are safe when we are out and about.
What we do to support Road Safety and Sustainable Travel:
- every year we encourage as many pupils as possible in ‘Walk to School Week’ and promote sustainable travel in school – 18-22 May 2020
- we support ‘National Road Safety Week’ (organised by BRAKE) – 19-25 November 2020
- we remind children when going out of school during local walks to the swimming baths or on school trips
- we also work with the ‘School Crossing Patrol Team’ at Gateshead Council to educate pupils on road safety techniques
- cycle proficiency – we offer pupils ‘bikeability’ training to ensure that all pupils feel safe when cycling or scooting
- our Dr Bike sessions offer FREE bike health checks and basic repairs
- our weekly ‘Walking Bus’ (Wednesday mornings) boosts exercise levels, lowers the carbon footprint and encourages communities to come together (for details click) – currently suspended
- we provide safe pedestrian access to the school building (paths and crossings)
- site restrictions include : a 5 mile an hour limit while driving on the school site / speed bumps have been installed and ‘no stopping’ signs are on display
- banners have been placed on access and entry points of the site to promote safer parking / consider local residents
- we took part in a ‘Go Smarter Parker’ initiative, working in partnership with Gateshead Council – read more
The Green Cross Code
- Think – look for a safe place to cross
- Stop – wait at the edge of the kerb
- Look and listen – make sure you can hear as well as see any traffic
- Wait – if there is any traffic, wait for it to pass
- Look and listen again – check again for any traffic
- Arrive alive – walk (do not run) straight across the road
Road Wise, Green Cross Code Website – click here
For more information about parking restrictions on and around the school site – Parking section below
Parking is limited on the school site and is therefore solely for the use of Dunston Hill Community Primary School, Kingsmeadow School and Beehive Early Years / OSC staff. To minimise the movement of vehicles on the school site, the school gates (Market Lane) are manned by a security guard between the ours of 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.15pm. During these hours, access will only be permitted to staff and those identified on a visitor list provided by the schools.
Once entering the site, we ask that parents/carers entering the school site use the pedestrian path and crossing provided.
Consider our Residents and the safety of others when parking
The quality of life of those living in our school locality and the safety of our children is a high priority of staff and governors. We ask that parents/carers do not do any of the following improper parking during drop offs and pickups:
- hazardous parking causing obstruction and preventing school pupils and children crossing the road safely
- vehicles parked in the bus stop on Market Lane
- vehicles blocking residents’ driveways and dropped kerbs
- vehicles parked at road junctions obstructing the view onto Market Lane
- vehicles mounting the pavements along Park Terrace and Market Lane
- vehicles using the school gates as a turning circle
- obstruction of the highway causing congestion
- stopping in the middle of the road to drop a child off
- drive more than 20 miles an hour on Market Lane
PSPO (Public Space Protection Order)
Due to ongoing safety concerns of pupils at Dunston Hill and Kingsmeadow Schools and parking in nearby streets, Gateshead Council implemented a Public Space Protection Order (on 7 September 2020) around the school site (Market Lane and Park Terrace). Protection Order and map
No driver shall drop off or pick up pupils from Dunston Hill Community Primary School and Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School from any vehicle within the restricted area on Monday to Friday between: 8.00am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4.00pm, during term time.
Enforcement Officers will be present to by foot or in a camera car to issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone that is guilty of an offence by breaching condition. Exemption Criteria
Click here for information about our road safety and sustainable travel initiatives above