Travel

How will my child get to and from the Academy?

By car

In order to ensure the safety of all our students, parents who bring their children to the Academy by car should not bring their vehicles onto the Academy site and should be aware that their insurance cover is likely to be invalid if they do so. If, at the beginning or end of the Academy day, you are using your car to drop off or collect your child, please do so well away from the bus stops and entrances to the Academy. Out of respect to our neighbours please DO NOT park on or across their driveways.

Cycling to the Academy

We would like as many students as possible to cycle to/from the Academy and we have a cycle store, overlooked by CCTV, that is locked during Academy hours. Your child would be expected to lock their bicycle using a suitable cable and wear a cycle helmet (these can be stored in the bag store during Academy hours).

If you are satisfied that your child is safe to cycle to the Academy then they can start straight away, once the reply slip on the cycle permission form has been completed and returned. We must also ask you to satisfy yourself that the bicycle is roadworthy. Permission to cycle to the Academy may be withdrawn if your child is seen riding inappropriately or unsafely or without a cycle helmet.

It may be possible to offer cycle training to your child, by qualified Solihull MBC Road Safety Officers , when he/she joins the Academy.

Public Transport

The Local Education Authority provides free transport to the Academy for secondary age students if the distance between home and the Academy exceeds three miles. Distances are measured by the nearest available route. Suitably timed bus schedules can only be guaranteed for students living within the Academy catchment area.

You must apply directly to the Local Authority for a bus pass. Students using public transport must show every consideration for other travellers. It is important to emphasise that students travelling to and from the Academy by bus will still be expected to serve Academy detentions and study support sessions from 3.00 pm onwards.

Walking to the Academy

Any students walking to the Academy should use public footpaths and, wherever possible, should walk with a friend. For safety reasons students should not travel to or from the Academy by way of the park. Students should also avoid walking through the private grounds of the flats near the Academy. Access to the Academy is to be by means of the routes defined.

Good standards of behaviour and respect for all our neighbour’s property and privacy are expected at all times; students should be aware that whilst they are wearing the Academy uniform they are representing the Academy.

School Closure e.g. severe weather

A school closure may occur because of an emergency like severe weather.  You should listen to a local radio station for school closure bulletins or alternatively you may check the council website via the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/check-school-closure