Darrick wood Junior School is fully committed to school travel planning and we actively promote sustainable modes of transport. For this reason we would encourage parents to find means of travelling to school other than the car.
Pupils are encouraged to walk to school as regularly as possible. For children who live a considerable distance from school we suggest parents consider the option to park and stride, whereby the car is parked a reasonable distance from school and the children walk the rest of the way. The school participates in the Walk On Wednesdays (WOW) scheme where children are rewarded for walking to school on a regular basis. We also have a walking bus that comes from the Bromley Common area each morning. Walking to school is also promoted through assemblies, activities and competitions.
In 2010 DWJS won the ‘Schools Walking the World’ competition. Although it was organised by the London Borough of Bromley, schools from all over the World take part each year. Through our ongoing commitment to walking to school we hope to be crowned World Champions again this year!
We also encourage pupils to cycle to school whether with parents or alone (children who have passed the cycling proficiency test only). We have installed a cycle shed with lockers at the front of the school for secure storage. If you intend for your child to cycle to school please contact the school office for a copy of our cycling policy and related form.
In Year 5 all pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a cycling 'fun day' run by Borough staff, whilst in Year 6 pupils may take part in cycling proficiency training. Both of these schemes develop key cycling skills as well as building a better awareness of road safety. There are facilities on site for the secure storage of bicycles and we actively encourage pupils to cycle to school once they have undertaken the appropriate training.