Cycling To School Policy
Your child may have brought home a copy of the Meadow High School ‘Cycling to School’ Policy. These were given to those pupils who regularly ride their bike to school.
This is not a new policy, but we have started to receive an increasing number of reports informing us that some of our pupils have been seen riding their bikes in a dangerous and erratic way. It is for these reasons that we felt it important to remind all pupils and parents/carers of our policy and the reasons for it.
The purpose of this policy is to safeguard not only your child (as we are concerned that their riding and the condition of their bikes could result in an accident) but that of other pedestrians and drivers, as some of their actions could cause an accident.
This includes recent reports of a few pupils seen to be deliberately weaving in front of moving vehicles so they cannot safely pass; pupils suddenly pulling out in front of vehicles, forcing the drivers to stop abruptly; pupils riding three- or four-abreast on roads, making it impossible for drivers to pass; pupils performing 'wheelies' at speed in the road or on pavement around groups of pedestrians.
I trust that you will understand that the safety and well-being of our pupils both in and out of school is our number one priority.
The full policy is included below.
Ms J Richards—Assistant Head, Year 9, 10 & 11
POLICY—CYCLING TO MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL
Only pupils who are independent travellers will be considered.
We reserve the right to refuse permission for a pupil to bring a bike into school if we feel it would be unsafe for them to do so. We would then work with you and your child to see what can be put in place to make cycling to school a safe option.
If you would like your child to cycle to school we advise that they must wear a helmet and should wear a high visibility jacket. If travelling in poor light, the bike must have working front and rear lights. We also strongly advise that they complete a cycling proficiency course.
Please be aware that the roads approaching Meadow High School are extremely busy. We are on several bus routes and near the main Hillingdon ambulance station.
We reserve the right to stop a pupil from riding home if they are improperly equipped or their bike is unsafe. In this instance we would call parents to collect their child and bike or to bring in the necessary equipment.
We also reserve the right to report any dangerous cycling to our Safer Schools Police Officer.
We reserve the right to withdraw permission to bring a bike into school if a pupil is persistently ill equipped or riding dangerously.
We have a bike shed where bikes can be left but this is not secure, so your child should provide their own lock and chain. We cannot take any responsibility for any loss or damage that occurs to your child’s bike whilst on the premises.
Please sign and return the attached form and keep this sheet for your records. (forms below).
Cycle to school application form (parents / carers to complete)
I would like my child _________________________________ in class _______________ to be considered for cycling to school.
My child is an independent traveler YES / NO
My child has completed a cycling proficiency course YES / NO (If yes, please state where and when this was completed or provide a copy of their certificate.
Certificate included YES / NO
I take full responsibility for their safety.
I will ensure that they are properly equipped, including a helmet and working front and rear lights.
I understand and agree that Meadow High School staff will not let my child ride home if they are improperly equipped or their bike is not safe.
I understand and agree that Meadow High School staff will contact the Safer Schools
Police Officer if my child is riding dangerously.
I understand that the bike storage is not secure and my child will have to provide their own lock and chain.
I understand that Meadow High School cannot be held responsible for any loss or
damage to my child’s bike whilst on the premises.
Name Parent / Carer _________________________________________ (please print)
Signature _________________________________________Date __________________
Cycle to school pupil contract (pupil to complete)
I WILL wear my helmet on the complete journey to and from school YES / NO
I WILL use front and rear lights if the light is poor (as advised by my parents / carers and MHS staff) YES / NO
I UNDERSTAND and AGREE that I will not be allowed to cycle home if I am improperly equipped or my bike is unsafe YES / NO
I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE that any dangerous cycling will be reported to the Safer Schools Police Officer YES / NO
I WILL ride safely and be considerate of other road users at all times YES / NO
I WILL look after my bike and make sure it is safe to ride YES / NO
I agree to follow the cycle to school rules and understand that if I don’t the permission to cycle to school may be withdrawn.
Name (please print) ________________________________________________
Witnessed by ____________________________________