The next meeting of the parent council will be at the school on Tuesday the 21st February from 6 – 8.00pm. The first half hour will involve the traffic sub-committee, which is currently working on improving safety and resolving traffic issues around the school. If you would like any matters discussed at the parent council, you can contact any member of the council if they are known to you or you can e-mail the parent council at the following address: email@example.com. Alternatively all parents are welcome to attend the parent council so please feel free to come along in person!
Dear Parents and Carers,
As many of you will be aware, recently there have been several safety incidents around the school related to traffic at drop off and pick up times as well as commentary on Facebook regarding the issues. These include parents parking irresponsibly and buses mounting the pavements on Burgess Road. The safety of our children is paramount and improving their safety at drop off and pick up times requires a concerted and focussed effort to deliver the necessary changes.
Parents should be key in delivering this change and as a result, Queensferry Primary School Parent Council are forming a Parent Council traffic safety sub-committee. The purpose of this committee will be to engage with stakeholders including the community council, the police, local city of Edinburgh councillors, and potentially our MSP and MP, working collectively to deliver these changes. This could involve thinking of ways to encourage more parents to walk their children to school and promoting more responsible parking right through to more structural changes such as; the addition of yellow lines, road crossings or changing the layout of the roads surrounding the school e.g. making it one way on a permanent or temporary basis.
The intention is for the sub-committee to meet several times a year with the first meeting taking place ideally before Xmas. If you are interested in being involved with the sub-committee, please e-mail the Parent Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parent Council at Queensferry Primary School would also like to take the opportunity to remind parents that parking on the yellow zig-zag lines around the school is illegal between the hours of 8am and 4pm. There have been several instances recently where parents have parked on the zig-zag lines on Burgess Road when dropping off their children. This has obscured the view of the lollipop lady on Burgess Road making it more difficult to for her to see oncoming traffic.
The school is currently engaging with the local police who have agreed to take steps to tackle this issue. Parking further away from the school and taking an additional 10 minutes to drop off or pick up our children is not ideal however it is a small price to pay for ensuring our children’s safety.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Queensferry Primary School Parent Council
The next Queensferry primary parent council meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th September at 6.30 – 8.00pm. The meeting agenda can be accessed at the following link: parent-council-agenda-september-2016
As a reminder all parents are welcome to attend parent council meetings. Parents from this years P1 intake would be especially welcome. Details of the aims of Queensferry primary parent council and links to previous meeting minutes can be found here: Parent Council AGM
Parent School Transport Survey
Earlier this year, parents were asked to complete a survey on how their children were transported to school, what parents felt were the main issues regarding transport and traffic management around the school and what their views were on potential solutions to ease traffic congestion around the school. 128 parents completed the survey which has provided a large set of data for us to work with. Many thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey.
The results of this survey can be viewed by clicking on the attached link: QPS Travel Survey (002) in addition, following are a few points summarising the feedback received;
What do parents see as the main traffic related issues around the school?
- The largest area of concern raised by parents was “traffic congestion” this was stated by around 95% of parents who responded to the survey
- This was followed by “Parked cars obstructing views” of the road and “parking on keep clear markings” stated by around 75% and 70% of parents respectively.
- When parents were asked to be more specific, by some margin the largest stated concern was “Burgess Road and cars parking opposite the school blocking the view for the crossing guide”.
- This was followed by “Rosebery Avenue and heavy parking which made it difficult to see or cross between parked cars”.
Why don’t more parents encourage children to cycle to school?
- The predominant reasons parents did not encourage children to cycle to school was “cycling on footpaths was too busy or narrow” and “roads being far too busy”.
What would encourage parents to let their children cycle to school?
- Far more than any other, the major incentives raised by parents were “dedicated cycling routes to school”, stated by 89% of parents who answered the question
- This was followed by “cycle training for children” stated by 72% of parents
- Almost 30% of parents who answered the question stated that “nothing” would encourage them to let their children cycle.
What would encourage parents to let their children walk or use the bus?
- “Less traffic”, “slower traffic” and “safer places to cross the road” were the primary motives stated by parents
- These were followed by “road safety education” and “child pedestrian training”.
Drop off Locations
Parents where asked where they dropped off their children.
- Over 65% of parents drop off their children at either Burgess Road or Station Road.
- This is followed by Rosebery Avenue at around 13%.
How do children travel to school?
Parents were asked how their children travelled to school.
- Walking was by some margin the most common method of children travelling to school with 63% of parents stating this
- The next most common form of travel was car with 25% of parents stating this
- Around 5% of parents state that their children travel by scooter or skates
- 6% parents stated that their children travel by “park & stride” i.e. parents parking at least 400 metres from the school and children walking the rest of the way
- Depending on the day of the week, between 1-3% of parents stated that their children cycled to school
- There was very little variation in the method of children travelling to school according to what day of the week it is
Do children travel to school alone or in company?
- Almost 50% of parents stated that their children travelled with an adult to school
- Children travelling alone, with another adult or with friends were the next highest groups with 13-15% of parents stating each of these
- 10% of parents stated that their children travelled with friends to school
- Parents were asked to provide information for all their children attending school and generally the ratios stated above were the same for each child
How far is the journey to school?
- Almost 84% of parents stated that their children travelled less than half a mile or between half a mile and a mile to school
- 8 % of parents stated that their children travelled between 1 and 2 miles to school
- Almost 5% of parents stated that their children travelled more than 3 miles to get to school
Why do parents drive their children to school?
- Just over 45% parents stated that they drive their children to school because they are on their way to work
- Just over 30% of parents stated that their children were too young to travel to school independently
- Around 13% of parents stated that it was too far for their children to walk to school
- Just over 9% of parents stated there was not enough time to walk to school
What would encourage parents not to drive to school?
- “Safer crossing points on the journey to school” and a “ban on parking near or around the school at start and finish times” were by some margin the most popular options. These reasons were each stated by 45% of parents
- The next most popular proposals were “knowing that many other children were walking to school” and “increased road safety information”. These were both options selected by around 25% of parents
- Around 60% of parents stated that they would consider a car share and the same proportion stated they would use a walking bus (this is where children meet at a pre-determined location each morning e.g. a supermarket car park and are then accompanied by adults to school)
The school will continue to engage with the city of Edinburgh council road safety department and utilise information provided through this survey to draft a comprehensive traffic management plan for the school. This could include;
- Traffic awareness campaigns, in some cases driven by pupils, to encourage more considerate parking around the school
- Looking at ways to encourage more children to walk to school e.g. trialling a “walking bus”
- Engaging with the CEC to explore the feasibility of implementing traffic management measures such as pedestrian crossing and targeting double yellow lines
Watch this space for further updates and please feel free to engage with any member of the PC for further information
The next Queensferry primary school parent council meeting (which will be the AGM) takes place on Thursday 24th May at 630pm.
Any parent is welcome to come along to parent council meetings which usually take place once a term and are designed to;
- Provide a voice for parents, in schools and in their local authority, on issues that are important to them and their children
- Help the school to understand how to most effectively involve parents in their children’s learning and in the life of the school
- Support the school and headteacher in developing strong home/school partnerships
- Support the school in its development and improvement, and in understanding and making links with the wider community
- Capture the unique and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience that parents can offer.
The following table lists the current members of the parent council and which year groups they represent.
|Claire Whyte (Chair)||P1, P4 and P7|
|Alex Kant (Treasurer & Vice Chair)||P6|
|Anne-Marie Appleby||P1 and P5|
|Helena Dolan||P2 and P4|
|Louise Wilson||P3 and P5|
|Kenny Morrison||P5 and P7|
|Tim Hall||P2 and P6|
Parent council meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates over the coming 12 months;
- Wednesday 14 September 2016
- Tuesday 15 November 2016
- Tuesday 21 February 2017
- Tuesday 23 May 2017
Meetings start at 6.30pm until 8pm.
Links to the minutes of previous meetings can be found below:If you would like any matters raised at the parent council, please feel free to contact any of the members listed above, alternatively feel free to come along yourself!