December 2019: We have a new Crossing Patrol
Welcome Mr Cornes! Mr Cornes will be helping us cross the canal bridge most days each week. He may not always be with us on a Thursday afternoon or occasional Friday as he is completing his post graduate year with St Nicholas Church and has responsibilities here too. We are SO pleased to have him help us!
November 2019: B&NES Primary School of 2019
For a second year running, we were delighted to be named B&NES’ Primary of the year for active travel. Older School Council members attended the Modeshift Stars regional ceremony in Bristol to collect the award with Mr Brewer and SRTS parent Cheryl Cook.
October 2019: Response to B&NES Clean Air Zone Proposals
Please engage with the latest consultation about the Clean Air Zone proposals for Bath. The Safer Routes to School Group has written a response, supported by the school. You can read what we had to say here. We are worried that the proposals as they stand will have a negative impact on the safety of the route through Bathampton from the Toll Bridge to the A36 South, as well as worsening air quality by diverting non-compliant (polluting) vans and taxis past the school and through Bathampton High Street and Down Lane.
October 2019: Conker Crossing Update
We are really pleased to report that we have had our first meeting with B&NES about taking forward the Conker Crossing to the next stage of detailed design. It was a very positive meeting. We will update you with more news in due course
September 2019: Gold Modeshift Stars award!!
Bathampton Primary has been awarded its Gold award for Modeshift Stars travel planning – the first school in the West of England to receive this. Thank you everyone for your commitment to all things active travel. Cllrs Joanna Wright and Kevin Guy from B&NES Cabinet came to present the award to children in assembly and to say well done. We feature in their press release here.
May 2019: Living Streets ‘Walk once a Week’ trial (Terms 5 and 6)
This term we move from the intensive Big Pedal to a longer-term challenge run by Living Streets called WoW – Walk once a Week. The idea of the challenge is that if children travel actively to school at least once a week they qualify at the end of each month for a badge. Each month the badge is different so there is a series to collect. You can read a bit more about the Living Streets approach here
We will start the challenge in May and trial it during the Summer term. Journeys count if a child walks, scoots or cycles, or if you park & stride. Park and stride means parking the car further away than The George and walking the rest of the way in. Examples of park & stride would include from Bathampton shops or Batheaston car park. We hope the challenge will be both manageable and fun.
March 2019: Brilliant participation in The Big Pedal 2019 – Thank You!
Along with other Bath primary schools, we took part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The challenge ran from 25th March to 5th April.
Thank you so much for getting behind the challenge. As a community, we averaged 71% of our morning journeys to school by bike, scooter or walking or where families parked & strode in from further away than The George. That’s around 1500 trips and a fantastic result! Overall the Big Pedal nationally has registered 3.2 million active journeys across 2.2k schools, so it is great to contribute our bit to this total. Competition was fierce – our result placed us 205th nationally by Day 9, 23rd in the South West and 3rd in B&NES. We hope you enjoyed taking part and Mr Brewer said a big Well Done in assembly at the end of Term 4.
February 2019: Conker Crossing obtains Planning Permission (Statement from the Trustees)
We are delighted to announce that our proposal for a new bridge in Bathampton has been granted Planning Permission. The Trustees extend their grateful thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this point.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a community with professionals willing to give their time and skills to bring forward our design and application supporting materials for reduced rates or pro-bono. For their involvement we thank Format Engineers as our designers, as well as the network of businesses supporting the application including LPC Trull, Nicholas Person Associates, Hillside Trees and Planning Heritage Ltd. accessed through the network and financial support of Alastair Gibson at Charlcombe Homes.
Those to thank also include local organisations and businesses – our Parish Council, Ward Councillors, local schools (Bathampton and King Edwards School), The George Inn, Mac McKillop of Bathampton Farm, as well as wider Bath-based donors such as The Medlock Trust, St John’s Foundation and Orseis Trust. Individuals have also been very generous, contributing over £7,000 in personal donations and via fundraising events.
We are equally pleased that B&NES Highways recognises the value of the project and has set aside funds to carry out the next step – the detailed design for the scheme, as well as a procurement exercise. This is great news for the community in Bathampton who deserve a far safer crossing than the existing bridge. We will continue to use our website/Twitter and Parish Council communication channels to feed progress back to the community.
November 2018: Brake Road Safety Week
We are celebrating Road Safety Week again as a school in week commencing 19th November. The theme this year is Bike Smart. In addition to activities in school, please join us on Wednesday 21st for a family walk to school as part of Beep Beep Day, which focuses on road safety.
Walks are from the usual times and places:
The Friends are kindly providing a snack on arrival under the awning by the main doors.
Friday 23rd November: Be Bright Be Seen mufti day – no charge. Please come to school in your brightest (weather-appropriate) clothes.
After school The Friends are holding a Winter Warmer outside the main doors selling hot dogs and hot chocolate to fuel you for your journey home. We also hope to sell reflective ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ pocket money-priced items too.
November 2018: Clean Air Zone Consultation
B&NES are carrying out the next round of consultation as part of Bath Breathes 2021 up until 26th November 2018. The previous round looked at what measures might bring Nitrogen Dioxide levels in the City under legal limits and this round now focuses on a Clean Air Zone as the primary solution. Please have your say!
As Safer Routes, we have provided a consultation response very specifically on the impact that the proposal will have for Safer Routes locally. School Management and Governors are also considering their own responses.
October 2018: Bathampton Conker Crossing submits planning application
The Conker Crossing project has reached an important milestone and needs your input once again!
After working with community stakeholders and team of local specialists, including Bathampton Primary parent Stephen Melville of Format Engineers, a full Planning Application was registered on 2nd October 2018 with reference 18/04394/FUL. Please visit the B&NES Planning portal to view materials and leave your comments.
The Trustees have also provided a letter and FAQ to sit alongside the Application as an update.
Render of proposed crossing viewed from the existing bridge
May 2018: Bathampton Conker Crossing seeks parent views on proposed design
Please take the time to check out the proposed new bridge design and let us know your views. Feedback forms in book bags can be returned to the School Office or the box at Bathampton Village Hall by 6th July. Or you can use the website to send us your views.
January 2018: Class 6 launches ‘Be Bright, Be Seen, Be Safe’ pocket money shop after school, Friday 19th January
Please come and visit our new stall at this week’s Friends Winter Warmer. It will be selling reflective items to attach to bags and coats to make children more visible in the darker weather. The stall will be run by Class 6 children and will have pocket money-priced items ranging from 30p to £1.50. Once we have covered the cost of the items, proceeds will be put towards Safer Routes to School activities.
Family Walks to School 2017/18 School Year
Following the positive feedback we received after our summer walk to school week, we are planning to lead monthly family walks to school during 2017/18.
Each walk will have the same start times and meeting points. These are:
Dates for these walks are:
The first of these walks took place Friday 13th October when families collected an Autumn leaf to bring to show where they had travelled in from. These were turned into a picture that Mrs Lake used in assembly.
In December we were very grateful to the Friends who provided free hot chocolate and a snack on arrival at school following our last day of term family walk to school.
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