Whether for planning applications or policy review, including postcode mapping, research and action plan - the whole package delivered for your school
We helped the school community on the Isle of Wight achieve the government's target in 2010 for 100% of schools to have travel plans. Not only that, but every approved travel plan met the national criteria, and several were held up as ‘best practice' nationally.
Fifteen schools also achieved Modeshift's sustainable school travel accreditation, five at silver and ten at bronze level; more than any other local authority area in the country. To top it all, Godshill Primary School was awarded ‘National Sustainable Travel School of the Year 2009' for their impressive reduction in car use based on ‘pupil power'!
So we know a bit about quality school travel planning, how to develop a plan, and more importantly how to implement it. Each school is unique, but the aim of a travel plan is always to reduce car use to a site and this is achieved by:-
- Identifying barriers, their solutions, and potential opportunities through extensive consultation with all user groups, stakeholders and potential partners
- Creating an action plan that is realistic and achievable
- Working in partnership with the whole community to turn that plan into action
Travel plans are best lead by pupils – supported as necessary - and should be reviewed annually, with a more rigorous update every 3-4 years to reflect the changes in pupil population. They are usually required as part of a planning application to demonstrate how the school will manage an increase or significant change in numbers travelling to the site.
We can offer the full package from consultation, research and action plan; we can update your existing plan, or just conduct an annual review with pupils to make sure everything's on track. Whatever your school travel planning needs, give us a call.
“Many thanks Helen, you have taken the stress of the job away from the school - we are most grateful - definitely the easiest Travel Plan we have ever played a part in producing.”
Anglea Hewkin, Headteacher - St Francis CE and Catholic Primary School
Ventnor, Isle of Wight – 2012
“Helen has helped us create a Travel Plan that is having an impact on the school and making a difference. [She] has worked with our school Eco-active team to develop and implement our Travel Plan. She developed a great relationship with the children and at all times encouraged and empowered them to think about issues, find solutions and take action... Thank you Helen.”
Pam Pitman, Headteacher - Grouville Primary School, Jersey – 2012
For more details of the school travel plan project on Jersey, please see Jersey School Travel Plan Project on the Recently Delivered Projects page.