Walking Bus and Parking Facilities
Unfortunately we are currently unable to provide due to Covid restrictions. However the scheme usually operates from two convenient points. One serves the Dunton Green/Bullfinch Lane area and the other one serves Marlborough Crescent/Lyndhurst Drive/Brittains Lane area and uses the Hole in the Wall footpath.
In spring 2005 Riverhead Infants' School undertook a thorough investigation of the ways in which families travel and from the new school site. The findings were published in a report called a Travel Plan which was submitted to Kent County Council and the Department of Transport.
On the basis of the Travel Plan, Riverhead Infants' School was awarded a grant worth just over £5,000 which could be used to improve the walk to school for all its families. The most urgent issue identified in the travel plan was congestion at the main school gate. Therefore the school has used the money to improve access to the playground for all families by installing an additional school gate.
Our Travel Plans can be viewed on the link below.
Hands Up Survey
We recently held a "hands up" walk to school survey with the children. The results indicated that 39% of the children walk, bike or scoot to school which is good. There is always room for improvement though and walking to school not only starts the day off with a bit of exercise, giving time for families to enjoy our wonderful environment, but also helps with cutting down on air pollution. It would be great if we could increase our walking numbers. We would love Neptune Class to be able to come to school in a helicopter as they suggested in the survey but don't think that the carbon footprint would be very good; or for Falcon Class to ride to school on a horse as we don't have stables at the school; or by camel as suggested by Eagle Class - we aren't even sure where to get camels from!
Walk to School Wednesday
One simple way to increase physical activity is to take part in our "Walk to School" Wednesdays. The children who already take part in the scheme really enjoy walking with their friends and families, spotting the different flowers and birds along their route whilst enjoying the fresh air. A special "well done" goes to Valentina and her sister Victoria who not only walk to school every Wednesday but have also decided to use the time to litter pick on the way, making the Riverhead environment a nicer place to live in.
In Term One we started our WOW, Walk to School Wednesday, initiative again. The scheme started sixteen years ago and is run in partnership with KCC and the KM Charity Team. It is a great way to start the day by getting regular exercise and also reduces traffic congestion around the school. For our first week 69% of our children walked to school!