Our Lady of the Missions is an exceptionally large primary school and, as a result, parking is very busy.
Inconsiderate and illegal parking on the roads, pavements and car parks in and around the school risks the safety of children and adults who accompany them to school.
Considerable efforts have been made recently to improve the situation but we require co-operation from all parents/carers to minimise the risk of accidents and avoid congestion. Please follow these guidelines at all times.
Regardless of where you park or the route you walk to school, please:
- Use all car parks – you can use car park beside the Woodfarm cages; the overflow space which is on the right at the entrance to the staff car park; the Woodfarm pavilion car park at the bottom of Berryhill Drive; and some parents with children at Glenwood may prefer to park in the car park next to Eastwood Park and walk down the hill
- Apart from using the drop off facilities DO NOT park in the school car park as this is reserved for staff unless you have a blue badge for the disabled spaces
- If someone else is dropping off your child, please make sure they also know and understand these directions
- Obey speed limit of 5mph in car parks
- Do not cause obstruction by parking thoughtlessly.
- Why not walk if you live close to the school?
- Note rules on drop-off in the morning
- Do not double park or park on pavements. It is an offence to obstruct a pavement and offenders can be prosecuted.
DROP-OFF FACILITY IN SCHOOL CAR PARK
The area to the left hand side of the school car park nearest the “cages” is for drop-off only in the morning and must not be used as a car park. There should be a constant flow of traffic here – if you park your vehicle then walk your children to the building this causes severe congestion.
Use the cages car park or overflow car parks if you intend to walk with your children in to the school.
If you do use the drop-off facility, remember children should exit by the passenger-side door for safety.
Disabled spaces adjacent to the school must only be used by those displaying a blue badge.
WOODFARM PAVILION CAR PARK
Work carried out in this car park earlier this year has alleviated some of the problems but some drivers continue to ignore the signage designed to keep children safe
- Follow the clockwise one-way system in car park.
- Obey the “No vehicles beyond this point” sign level with the pavilion. For the avoidance of doubt this means you cannot park beyond the sign or on the gravel area behind the pavilion.
- Do not allow your car to overhang the footpath adjacent to the playing fields.
- If you are on foot do not cut across the car park – use the pathways.
- Make sure children walking unaccompanied use the pathways.