Car Park Arrangements – Secondary Phase

2nd October 2009

Dear Parents

I write to remind you about the new arrangements for parking in school from Monday 5th October. We have too many vehicles coming on site at the moment, causing potential danger to young people. The companies which manage the car park have therefore put new arrangements in place. We now have 120 children in Reception and Year 1. I am sure parents will agree that we need to make sure these young children can come in to school safely. If their parents drive them to school, we think it is fair that they have a few minutes to park, see their child in to school and leave. We are also allowing children in Years 2, 3 and 4 to be dropped off inside school grounds – school staff will then supervise their safe transfer to the primary playground so that parents do not have to park.

We are asking all other parents who want to drive their children to school to drop them off outside school, at the drop off point, rather than driving in to school. Children can then walk in to school, using the wide walkway which leads up to the front of the library. This is the main walking entrance to school and most of our children here in school, younger and older, use this safely every day. I appreciate that it is easier, especially in cold weather, to drive in to school and drop off nearer the buildings but this is having the effect of clogging up the car park for everyone else – especially the parents of very young children.

Unfortunately there are not enough spaces in the car park for us to allow all parents to park here, unless you are visiting during the day for an appointment, in which case there are visitor spaces available. We have over 200 staff on the premises at Caroline Chisholm School, many of them coming from a considerable distance from school, and although we encourage car sharing and walking, there are still not enough spaces for every member of staff and some of them end up parking outside! We have made representations to the County Council about this but there is no prospect at the moment of an extension to the car park. We have also limited Sixth Form parking to a maximum of eight spaces for students who live more than two miles from school.

If parents have strong views on these matters, they are welcome to contact the facilities management team, Mitie, who are managing the car park, or the County Council. It is much better that you do this rather than discussing car parking with teachers, as we do not have control of the car park. Our job is to ensure that all the children can get in to school safely and to encourage everyone to walk or cycle if they can.

I would be most grateful if all parents would support us by following the new arrangements.

Yours sincerely
Tony Downing