Parents shocked by 'ban' on cycling to Risca school

Pupils at Risca Primary school are upset that they are no longer allowed to bring their bikes to school (1106249)

Pupils at Risca Primary school are upset that they are no longer allowed to bring their bikes to school (1106249)

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Parents say that children at Risca Primary have been banned from riding their bikes to school.

Ceri Jeffries, 32, has three ten-year-olds at the school and says she is shocked the school has taken this decision considering its “eco” status.

Her children normally cycle in a group with four other children, cutting the twenty minute walk down to a five minute ride.

But now she says they cannot bring their bikes on site, and have to chain them outside the grounds if they decide to continue cycling.

Mrs Jeffries said she understood the school bike shed was to be removed.

She said: “The school is an eco- friendly school but has decided that children are no longer allowed to cycle to and from school, even though children have been doing this for years, including myself as a child.”

She said teachers had cited safety concerns, but added the amount of cars near the school was at least as problematic.

Mrs Jeffries said: “As you can imagine this has upset quite a lot of children and their parents. Childhood obesity is on the rise and promoting healthy eating and exercise is a must. What better way to promote this by encouraging children to cycle to school and by doing so reducing the amount of cars, making it safer for children and the environment?”

Rachel Guy, mother of two children at the school, said she met with head teacher Jayne Arthur about the policy. Mrs Guy said: “I said to Mrs Arthur, "It’s absolutely ridiculous." She said it’s a health and safety issue.

“My kids rode yesterday, to make a stand really. I’m hoping they haven’t been told off.”

Mrs Guy and Mrs Jeffries both said they were told the bike shed would be removed to create extra parking spaces for staff.

The school holds a cycling safety course each year when pupils bring their bikes to school for three weeks.

Mrs Jeffries said: “I also asked if safety measures are to be put into place for this short time, why can’t they be put into place permanently? This apparently isn’t an option.”

Head teacher Jayne Arthur said: “We are currently working alongside the council’s Road Safety and Health and Safety teams to review the situation and complete risk assessment and traffic survey of the school site. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils remains our utmost priority, and we are seeking to resolve this issue as soon as possible”.

A spokeswoman for Caerphilly Council said the council did not want to issue an official statement, adding: “I’m aware of the situation. It’s a school policy rather than a Caerphilly-wide policy and it’s at the discretion of the school.”

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9:19am Tue 17 Sep 13

Goat Man says...

I don't think the Head at Risca Primary has endeared herself to the parents & pupils over the last few years !
I don't think the Head at Risca Primary has endeared herself to the parents & pupils over the last few years ! Goat Man
  • Score: 19

10:49am Tue 17 Sep 13

Oriel Bufton says...

Another Jobs' worth inconveniencing parents and children, to make way for more cars. Health and safety? what rot. In any case the head nor the school has any control or responsibility for the children until they go into school, then the staff becomes 'in loco parentis' I would say that the school has a duty to provide safe storage for the childrens' cycles. Where do they find these people? they're a waste of space.
Another Jobs' worth inconveniencing parents and children, to make way for more cars. Health and safety? what rot. In any case the head nor the school has any control or responsibility for the children until they go into school, then the staff becomes 'in loco parentis' I would say that the school has a duty to provide safe storage for the childrens' cycles. Where do they find these people? they're a waste of space. Oriel Bufton
  • Score: 16

10:54am Tue 17 Sep 13

Lliswerry Man says...

Says it all really, to make way for Extra Parking spaces for the teachers and staff.... FAR too many schools now have staff who travel vast distances to get to school, and fail to turn up if snow hits the ground,
Perhaps teachers should only be employed if they live within the same distances Children have to who go to these schools.
Risca is not alone in this most schools across Newport have removed Play Grounds, and open spaces for more "Teacher Parking".
Perhaps the teachers could start setting an example and riding to school... just like these young children or car sharing when possible.

Schools do appear to be a Law amongst themselves in the last few years...... time this was looked into by the councillors of Caerphilly and Newport... rather than just use the old "its a school policy" just represent the people who vote you in and stop passing the buck , WE never asked you to hand the controls to schools, who clearly make the rules up as they go along..... do not even get me started on School Meals and Packed Lunches or Uniforms !!!! in a time of "Austerity?? "
Says it all really, to make way for Extra Parking spaces for the teachers and staff.... FAR too many schools now have staff who travel vast distances to get to school, and fail to turn up if snow hits the ground, Perhaps teachers should only be employed if they live within the same distances Children have to who go to these schools. Risca is not alone in this most schools across Newport have removed Play Grounds, and open spaces for more "Teacher Parking". Perhaps the teachers could start setting an example and riding to school... just like these young children or car sharing when possible. Schools do appear to be a Law amongst themselves in the last few years...... time this was looked into by the councillors of Caerphilly and Newport... rather than just use the old "its a school policy" just represent the people who vote you in and stop passing the buck , WE never asked you to hand the controls to schools, who clearly make the rules up as they go along..... do not even get me started on School Meals and Packed Lunches or Uniforms !!!! in a time of "Austerity?? " Lliswerry Man
  • Score: 19

11:57am Tue 17 Sep 13

Victor Melldrew says...

Bloody terrible decision, hang your head Jayne Arthur!
Bloody terrible decision, hang your head Jayne Arthur! Victor Melldrew
  • Score: 22

2:20pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Lunalady says...

I bet the kids are delighted they don't have to ride to school particularly in bad weather! The roads are just to dangerous for youngsters - especially when they're riding in a group.
I bet the kids are delighted they don't have to ride to school particularly in bad weather! The roads are just to dangerous for youngsters - especially when they're riding in a group. Lunalady
  • Score: -55

5:26pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Floppy backed says...

Lunalady wrote:
I bet the kids are delighted they don't have to ride to school particularly in bad weather! The roads are just to dangerous for youngsters - especially when they're riding in a group.
For godness sake no wonder we have mamby pamby kids who cant be allowed to get wet or learn to dress according to the weather conditions!!! This is exactly why they should ride and drivers have to learn to share the road. Until we embrace bike riding in the country as they do on the continent this country is wont move on!

Overall she's not concerned with the traffic on the roads she is concerned on the carpark traffic -what??? so the teachers cant see the pupils or drive slower?

Pathetic decision - and this 'eco' badge is a joke anyway - sort it out obviously another clueless head.

Children these days need to take on responsibility instead of being run by the elf and safety police.
[quote][p][bold]Lunalady[/bold] wrote: I bet the kids are delighted they don't have to ride to school particularly in bad weather! The roads are just to dangerous for youngsters - especially when they're riding in a group.[/p][/quote]For godness sake no wonder we have mamby pamby kids who cant be allowed to get wet or learn to dress according to the weather conditions!!! This is exactly why they should ride and drivers have to learn to share the road. Until we embrace bike riding in the country as they do on the continent this country is wont move on! Overall she's not concerned with the traffic on the roads she is concerned on the carpark traffic -what??? so the teachers cant see the pupils or drive slower? Pathetic decision - and this 'eco' badge is a joke anyway - sort it out obviously another clueless head. Children these days need to take on responsibility instead of being run by the elf and safety police. Floppy backed
  • Score: 35

6:08pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Beware CCBC H&S are on the case! The same people who spent £250,000 on a "safe cycle route" near a Blackwood School. But is now more unsafe than before as you can't use the cycle path because it's usually blocked with parked cars of parents picking up children from school. In order to get through on a bicycle you have to cycle the wrong way down a one way street. Really safe move there CCBC. What's being done about it ? Nothing .
Why? Because nobody gives a ****. OH well another £1/4 million about to go down the drain I wouldn't be surprised!
Beware CCBC H&S are on the case! The same people who spent £250,000 on a "safe cycle route" near a Blackwood School. But is now more unsafe than before as you can't use the cycle path because it's usually blocked with parked cars of parents picking up children from school. In order to get through on a bicycle you have to cycle the wrong way down a one way street. Really safe move there CCBC. What's being done about it ? Nothing . Why? Because nobody gives a ****. OH well another £1/4 million about to go down the drain I wouldn't be surprised! Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: 8

8:37pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Realist UK says...

"you can't be too careful" is the usual reply when you're unable to give a reasonable answer.
"you can't be too careful" is the usual reply when you're unable to give a reasonable answer. Realist UK
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Baldrobins says...

This decision is a travesty! Jayne Arthur sites 'risk assessment' as a delaying tactic, but its just an excuse. All children have rights in this country yet 'risk' is now used to such an extent that our children are unable to live their childhood as WE did. This comes at a time when First minister Carwyn Jones has laid out his vision to create the 'best cycling structure in Europe' at an event aimed to get more people in Wales on their bikes. Surely encouraging our children to ride to school would be beneficial in every way. Also if parents are parking in cycle lanes causing danger to our children the police should be doing a lot more to stop this. So ring them it wont take long for them stop this.
This decision is a travesty! Jayne Arthur sites 'risk assessment' as a delaying tactic, but its just an excuse. All children have rights in this country yet 'risk' is now used to such an extent that our children are unable to live their childhood as WE did. This comes at a time when First minister Carwyn Jones has laid out his vision to create the 'best cycling structure in Europe' at an event aimed to get more people in Wales on their bikes. Surely encouraging our children to ride to school would be beneficial in every way. Also if parents are parking in cycle lanes causing danger to our children the police should be doing a lot more to stop this. So ring them it wont take long for them stop this. Baldrobins
  • Score: 18

10:35pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Hanny87 says...

At first I was shocked by this, but then I took a second look at the photo. WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN'S HELMETS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR?!?

If you want your child to cycle to school they must wear protective gear!!! I cycle regularly & the amount of times cars don't see me if shocking, and I'm wearing bright clothing & a quality helmet. As an experienced driver I'm well aware of the rules of the road, however given that children haven't sat their driving tests their knowledge of the road rules and how drivers behave is much poorer. Children are also a lot more difficult for a driver to spot when checking blinds spots etc. My assumption is the school have realised this (and probably had complaints from the locals), therefore have had to ban cycling.

I assume the parents and head of the school are happy to sit down together and discuss this, and parents must enforce the use of safety gear or schools have no choice but to ban cycling. I'm also guessing the comment about knocking down the bike shed is complete rubbish made up to make this story slightly more interesting: the "evil teachers need their spaces for their monster polluting vehicles to choke up the environment".

I question who is really looking out for the child's best needs here.

From, a concerned cyclist and driver, born & bred in Risca.
At first I was shocked by this, but then I took a second look at the photo. WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN'S HELMETS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR?!? If you want your child to cycle to school they must wear protective gear!!! I cycle regularly & the amount of times cars don't see me if shocking, and I'm wearing bright clothing & a quality helmet. As an experienced driver I'm well aware of the rules of the road, however given that children haven't sat their driving tests their knowledge of the road rules and how drivers behave is much poorer. Children are also a lot more difficult for a driver to spot when checking blinds spots etc. My assumption is the school have realised this (and probably had complaints from the locals), therefore have had to ban cycling. I assume the parents and head of the school are happy to sit down together and discuss this, and parents must enforce the use of safety gear or schools have no choice but to ban cycling. I'm also guessing the comment about knocking down the bike shed is complete rubbish made up to make this story slightly more interesting: the "evil teachers need their spaces for their monster polluting vehicles to choke up the environment". I question who is really looking out for the child's best needs here. From, a concerned cyclist and driver, born & bred in Risca. Hanny87
  • Score: -34

11:06pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Limestonecowboy says...

I remember cycling to junior school no risk assessment or reflective gear for us - oh yes we were rebels!!
I remember cycling to junior school no risk assessment or reflective gear for us - oh yes we were rebels!! Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 9

12:37am Wed 18 Sep 13

wyvernian says...

I sincerely hope this decision will be swiftly reversed. This report comes a day after an inaugural conference 'Wales - a cycling nation' in which 1st minister Carwyn Jones pledged full support to create "a Wales where cycling and walking are the most natural and normal way of getting around". The event was attended by most welsh local authorities, (although Caerphilly were not listed). The council & school would do well to take note of the Active Travel (Wales) Bill which will soon place a legal obligation upon local authorities to actively promote more walking & cycling in our communities...
I sincerely hope this decision will be swiftly reversed. This report comes a day after an inaugural conference 'Wales - a cycling nation' in which 1st minister Carwyn Jones pledged full support to create "a Wales where cycling and walking are the most natural and normal way of getting around". The event was attended by most welsh local authorities, (although Caerphilly were not listed). The council & school would do well to take note of the Active Travel (Wales) Bill which will soon place a legal obligation upon local authorities to actively promote more walking & cycling in our communities... wyvernian
  • Score: 10

9:11am Wed 18 Sep 13

Sarona says...

Why can't the teachers use the car park around the corner rather than take the bike shed down? It's because they are probably like Waunfawr School teachers who insist on parking as close as possible to the school so they don't have to walk. CCBC need to step in and override the head.
Why can't the teachers use the car park around the corner rather than take the bike shed down? It's because they are probably like Waunfawr School teachers who insist on parking as close as possible to the school so they don't have to walk. CCBC need to step in and override the head. Sarona
  • Score: 15

1:37pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Localvoice01 says...

Anyone stopped to ask how long this ban is in place for and whether the bike shed is due to be rebuilt in another area? No probably not, too busy running to the media.
Also amazed by the fact none of the children in the photo have bicyle helmets on/with them too... what a way for parents to promote road safety... oh no wait, again too busy running to the media.
If people stopped pointing the finger and screaming and shouting about things like animals, and instead sat down and had a proper discussion, maybe the world would be a better place.
Anyone stopped to ask how long this ban is in place for and whether the bike shed is due to be rebuilt in another area? No probably not, too busy running to the media. Also amazed by the fact none of the children in the photo have bicyle helmets on/with them too... what a way for parents to promote road safety... oh no wait, again too busy running to the media. If people stopped pointing the finger and screaming and shouting about things like animals, and instead sat down and had a proper discussion, maybe the world would be a better place. Localvoice01
  • Score: -8

2:35pm Thu 19 Sep 13

tHatDude says...

The kids have presumably been asked to "pose" outside the school gates with their bikes. Maybe they have helmets and high vis gear hung up on the coat hangers, unless the school has replaced them with Coke vending machines.
The kids have presumably been asked to "pose" outside the school gates with their bikes. Maybe they have helmets and high vis gear hung up on the coat hangers, unless the school has replaced them with Coke vending machines. tHatDude
  • Score: 8

2:42pm Thu 19 Sep 13

tHatDude says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
I remember cycling to junior school no risk assessment or reflective gear for us - oh yes we were rebels!!
Not one child has died as yet, otherwise they'd be pointing the finger at that case. The real risk here is to their future health by preventing them cycling, but noone is planning to take out a risk assessment on that. Just on the possibility of being run over by a car.
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: I remember cycling to junior school no risk assessment or reflective gear for us - oh yes we were rebels!![/p][/quote]Not one child has died as yet, otherwise they'd be pointing the finger at that case. The real risk here is to their future health by preventing them cycling, but noone is planning to take out a risk assessment on that. Just on the possibility of being run over by a car. tHatDude
  • Score: 1

5:30pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Localvoice01 says...

tHatDude wrote:
The kids have presumably been asked to "pose" outside the school gates with their bikes. Maybe they have helmets and high vis gear hung up on the coat hangers, unless the school has replaced them with Coke vending machines.
Around 1 in 5 of the kids i see cycling in on a daily basis wears a bike helmet...
[quote][p][bold]tHatDude[/bold] wrote: The kids have presumably been asked to "pose" outside the school gates with their bikes. Maybe they have helmets and high vis gear hung up on the coat hangers, unless the school has replaced them with Coke vending machines.[/p][/quote]Around 1 in 5 of the kids i see cycling in on a daily basis wears a bike helmet... Localvoice01
  • Score: 4

9:44pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Teacher1977 says...

Floppy backed wrote:
Lunalady wrote:
I bet the kids are delighted they don't have to ride to school particularly in bad weather! The roads are just to dangerous for youngsters - especially when they're riding in a group.
For godness sake no wonder we have mamby pamby kids who cant be allowed to get wet or learn to dress according to the weather conditions!!! This is exactly why they should ride and drivers have to learn to share the road. Until we embrace bike riding in the country as they do on the continent this country is wont move on!

Overall she's not concerned with the traffic on the roads she is concerned on the carpark traffic -what??? so the teachers cant see the pupils or drive slower?

Pathetic decision - and this 'eco' badge is a joke anyway - sort it out obviously another clueless head.

Children these days need to take on responsibility instead of being run by the elf and safety police.
Eco badges, or Green Flags are hardly a joke. Perhaps I can email you the list of criteria needed i order to qualify every two years.
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lunalady[/bold] wrote: I bet the kids are delighted they don't have to ride to school particularly in bad weather! The roads are just to dangerous for youngsters - especially when they're riding in a group.[/p][/quote]For godness sake no wonder we have mamby pamby kids who cant be allowed to get wet or learn to dress according to the weather conditions!!! This is exactly why they should ride and drivers have to learn to share the road. Until we embrace bike riding in the country as they do on the continent this country is wont move on! Overall she's not concerned with the traffic on the roads she is concerned on the carpark traffic -what??? so the teachers cant see the pupils or drive slower? Pathetic decision - and this 'eco' badge is a joke anyway - sort it out obviously another clueless head. Children these days need to take on responsibility instead of being run by the elf and safety police.[/p][/quote]Eco badges, or Green Flags are hardly a joke. Perhaps I can email you the list of criteria needed i order to qualify every two years. Teacher1977
  • Score: 5

9:48pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Teacher1977 says...

...and schools don't take decisions like this lightly. I'm sure if the head says there is a h&s issue, then there is.
...and schools don't take decisions like this lightly. I'm sure if the head says there is a h&s issue, then there is. Teacher1977
  • Score: 0

11:03pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Localvoice01 says...

Victor Melldrew wrote:
Bloody terrible decision, hang your head Jayne Arthur!
Yes because I'm sure that Jayne Arthur has personally made this decision in order to make the children unhappy.... There is such a thing as cyber bullying you know, be careful what you're saying
[quote][p][bold]Victor Melldrew[/bold] wrote: Bloody terrible decision, hang your head Jayne Arthur![/p][/quote]Yes because I'm sure that Jayne Arthur has personally made this decision in order to make the children unhappy.... There is such a thing as cyber bullying you know, be careful what you're saying Localvoice01
  • Score: -4

4:11pm Fri 20 Sep 13

whatintheworld says...

doesn't the headteacher realise how many people die in car crashes every day?

should force the staff to walk on h&s grounds if you ask me!
doesn't the headteacher realise how many people die in car crashes every day? should force the staff to walk on h&s grounds if you ask me! whatintheworld
  • Score: 3

7:28pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Bring it to the attention of the BBC it will certainly get some publicity given the UK Government drive for sustainability and safe routes to school
Don't waste your time with Cardiff Bay or Carphilly Council. Go to your MP.
As already stated the council are aware but don't want to make a statement.
As regards risk assessment. can the head teacher identify the hazards and does she understand the potential for those hazards to cause harm?
What is the liklelihood of that harm occuring? When she has undertaken this excercise she has the basis of a risk assessment.
As a boy I often cycled from Ty Isaf through the welfare back of Wellspring Terrace through Tredegar Park and into School ( it was Dan y Graig then) . Can't think of a safer way of getting there.
Go on mums challenge her, and if you want some support post a comment back, and we will see what we can do!
Bring it to the attention of the BBC it will certainly get some publicity given the UK Government drive for sustainability and safe routes to school Don't waste your time with Cardiff Bay or Carphilly Council. Go to your MP. As already stated the council are aware but don't want to make a statement. As regards risk assessment. can the head teacher identify the hazards and does she understand the potential for those hazards to cause harm? What is the liklelihood of that harm occuring? When she has undertaken this excercise she has the basis of a risk assessment. As a boy I often cycled from Ty Isaf through the welfare back of Wellspring Terrace through Tredegar Park and into School ( it was Dan y Graig then) . Can't think of a safer way of getting there. Go on mums challenge her, and if you want some support post a comment back, and we will see what we can do! Monmouthshire Merlin
  • Score: 6

9:12pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Limestonecowboy says...

tHatDude wrote:
Limestonecowboy wrote: I remember cycling to junior school no risk assessment or reflective gear for us - oh yes we were rebels!!
Not one child has died as yet, otherwise they'd be pointing the finger at that case. The real risk here is to their future health by preventing them cycling, but noone is planning to take out a risk assessment on that. Just on the possibility of being run over by a car.
What trash!
[quote][p][bold]tHatDude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: I remember cycling to junior school no risk assessment or reflective gear for us - oh yes we were rebels!![/p][/quote]Not one child has died as yet, otherwise they'd be pointing the finger at that case. The real risk here is to their future health by preventing them cycling, but noone is planning to take out a risk assessment on that. Just on the possibility of being run over by a car.[/p][/quote]What trash! Limestonecowboy
  • Score: -3

1:51pm Sun 22 Sep 13

Teacher1977 says...

I think what a lot of people do not realise is that in situations like this, schools are tied up with so much beauracracy that they can hardly breath. If there had been an accident or a theft, the head would have come under fire. As the head herself says 'Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils remains our utmost priority, and we are seeking to resolve this issue as soon as possible'. Why else would she have done this? Heads are far too busy with other things to concern themselves with making things awkward or difficult for parents. Parent who then insist on breaking school rules 'just to make a stand' are not only making things more difficult, but also setting an appalling example to their children. Mrs Guy is the one who should be coming under fire here for her terrible parenting skills.
I think what a lot of people do not realise is that in situations like this, schools are tied up with so much beauracracy that they can hardly breath. If there had been an accident or a theft, the head would have come under fire. As the head herself says 'Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils remains our utmost priority, and we are seeking to resolve this issue as soon as possible'. Why else would she have done this? Heads are far too busy with other things to concern themselves with making things awkward or difficult for parents. Parent who then insist on breaking school rules 'just to make a stand' are not only making things more difficult, but also setting an appalling example to their children. Mrs Guy is the one who should be coming under fire here for her terrible parenting skills. Teacher1977
  • Score: -2

7:23pm Mon 23 Sep 13

Dee-Gee says...

Localvoice01 wrote:
Victor Melldrew wrote:
Bloody terrible decision, hang your head Jayne Arthur!
Yes because I'm sure that Jayne Arthur has personally made this decision in order to make the children unhappy.... There is such a thing as cyber bullying you know, be careful what you're saying
Saying someone has made a terrible decision is NOT cyberbullying. There was nothing abusive, personal or derogatory in that post. Adults in a position of authority should be able to take a little criticism, particularly when making unpopular decisons.
[quote][p][bold]Localvoice01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Melldrew[/bold] wrote: Bloody terrible decision, hang your head Jayne Arthur![/p][/quote]Yes because I'm sure that Jayne Arthur has personally made this decision in order to make the children unhappy.... There is such a thing as cyber bullying you know, be careful what you're saying[/p][/quote]Saying someone has made a terrible decision is NOT cyberbullying. There was nothing abusive, personal or derogatory in that post. Adults in a position of authority should be able to take a little criticism, particularly when making unpopular decisons. Dee-Gee
  • Score: 3

7:38pm Mon 23 Sep 13

Dee-Gee says...

Teacher1977 wrote:
I think what a lot of people do not realise is that in situations like this, schools are tied up with so much beauracracy that they can hardly breath. If there had been an accident or a theft, the head would have come under fire. As the head herself says 'Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils remains our utmost priority, and we are seeking to resolve this issue as soon as possible'. Why else would she have done this? Heads are far too busy with other things to concern themselves with making things awkward or difficult for parents. Parent who then insist on breaking school rules 'just to make a stand' are not only making things more difficult, but also setting an appalling example to their children. Mrs Guy is the one who should be coming under fire here for her terrible parenting skills.
We have no way of knowing why she is doing this as she hasn't explained herself very well at all with that bland statement. If she'd said something like "We are concerned that a child might get run over on school premises, which would be awful obviously, but also, we'll get sued to high heaven if this happens; so we need to prevent cycling for a while while we get the risk assessment in place, in order to keep the insurers happy" then we'd know where we were.
[quote][p][bold]Teacher1977[/bold] wrote: I think what a lot of people do not realise is that in situations like this, schools are tied up with so much beauracracy that they can hardly breath. If there had been an accident or a theft, the head would have come under fire. As the head herself says 'Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils remains our utmost priority, and we are seeking to resolve this issue as soon as possible'. Why else would she have done this? Heads are far too busy with other things to concern themselves with making things awkward or difficult for parents. Parent who then insist on breaking school rules 'just to make a stand' are not only making things more difficult, but also setting an appalling example to their children. Mrs Guy is the one who should be coming under fire here for her terrible parenting skills.[/p][/quote]We have no way of knowing why she is doing this as she hasn't explained herself very well at all with that bland statement. If she'd said something like "We are concerned that a child might get run over on school premises, which would be awful obviously, but also, we'll get sued to high heaven if this happens; so we need to prevent cycling for a while while we get the risk assessment in place, in order to keep the insurers happy" then we'd know where we were. Dee-Gee
  • Score: 0

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