Safer Routes News

The school Twitter feed is a great way to see our latest photos and updates. Please check out @BathamptonPrim. Please also check out our separate Safer Routes to School Group page for our priorities and progress.


March 2019: We’re taking part in The Big Pedal 25th March to 5th April


Along with other Bath primary schools, we’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The challenge runs from 25th March to 5th April – the last two weeks of this term. We would love everyone to be involved.

How do families take part?

On each day of the challenge, schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff, parents and siblings cycling, walking or scooting to school. If you usually come to school by car and are able to park and stride from further away, then a journey will count if at least half of your usual car commute is done actively instead.

At registration each day the children will record the data for their family. ‘Supporters’ (staff, parents and siblings) are used in the competition if there is a tiebreak between schools. The school will also be entered into a prize draw for each day we achieve more than 15% of our journeys to school being made in an active way.

Cycle, walk, scoot and snap to win family prizes

Families can also win prizes during Sustrans Big Pedal. To be in with a chance, post a photo of your family cycling, walking or scooting to school on social media during the challenge using #BigPedalWin. To be in with a chance of winning, you’ll need to follow Sustrans on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook  Please check terms and conditions found on the Big Pedal website prior to entering.

We hope that taking part as the weather turns to Spring will be a fun way to encourage active travel to school. For more information about the event please visit Enjoy the challenge!


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:

  • Batheaston car park (opposite Boots) – departure 08:15
  • Bathampton shops – departure 08:30
  • On the towpath at the bottom of Meadow Lane in Bathampton – departure 08:30
  • For those living towards Dundas, bikes will set off from the tow path at Watership Farm, Claverton at 08:15

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.

Bathampton Primary School Safer Routes to School Group CAZ consultation response Nov 2018


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.

Final Planning Render From Bridge

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:

  • Batheaston car park (opposite Boots) – departure 08:15
  • Bathampton shops – departure 08:30
  • On the towpath at the bottom of Meadow Lane in Bathampton – departure 08:30
  • For those living towards Dundas, bikes will set off from the tow path at Watership Farm, Claverton at 08:15.

Dates for these walks are:

  • Friday 13th October (Autumn leaf walk and Friends winter warmer on the way home)
  • Friday 24th November (Brake National Road Safety Week – ‘be bright be seen’ theme)
  • Friday 15th December (last day of term – Friends winter warmer on arrival)
  • Friday 19th January (Friends winter warmer after school PLUS  new Class 6 ‘Be Bright, Be Seen, Be Safe’ shop with pocket-money priced reflective items for sale)
  • No formal February date due to half term- we have brought March forward instead
  • Friday 9th March (Spring theme TBD)
  • Friday 20th April
  • Friday 25th May
  • Friday 15th June
  • Sports Day! Either Tuesday 10th July or Tuesday 17th July

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.

SRTS Autumn walk_Leaf picture 470p

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.


February 2019 Newsletter more ›

January 2019 Newsletter more ›

November 2018 Newsletter more ›

Severe Weather Arrangements 2018-2019 more ›

Communication with the School – including Flowchart more ›

Healthy Tuck more ›

Tagtails Report more ›

My Trip to the Design Museum – by Florence Yardley more ›

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