Northgate Primary & Nursery

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Travel Survey

Northgate Primary School and Sunflowers Nursery
Northgate Street,
Great Yarmouth
NR30 1BP
DfE number 926/2354

Why a survey was conducted.
• to establish a baseline in order to set targets and monitor progress
• to quantify how staff currently travel to work
• to understand the implications of the numbers growing as the school increases in size • to explore the number of parking spaces required in the future

Northgate Primary is a large sized community school. The majority of pupils are white British although 27% speak a language other than English. The proportion of disadvantaged children is above national average. The number of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average.
The school consists of a purpose built separate Nursery which caters for children aged 2 to 4 years of age. The school caters for children of 4+ to 9 years, this is a growing school with children currently attending up to Year 4 but with plans to increase to Year 5 (2017/18) and Year 6 (2018/19), the number of children on roll is expected to rise from 312 currently to 420 by 2018/19.The governing body operates the Nursery through a committee structure, there are 24 places in the mornings and 24 in the afternoons.

The school is on the busy Northgate Street which is in a residential part of Great Yarmouth. Northgate Street is a main tributary into the town centre and there are many shops as well as housing lining the street on both sides. At the end of Northgate Street is a busy junction onto Caister Road and a bus terminal. The school is located behind a small public car park which also acts as a point of access to a busy Funeral Director’s business, shed construction company and allotments. The main school was built in the 1970’s and has several mobile classrooms to accommodate the increasing number of children.
The school has extensive grounds which are self-contained. Major construction work is underway on the site with completion planned for September 2017.

There are 83 staff attending the school comprising of 4 Nursery staff, 4 kitchen staff employed by Norse, 18 teachers, 2 cleaners, 1 caretaker, 3 office staff and the rest
(51 staff) are either midday supervisors/teaching assistants.

Opening Times
The Nursery operates between 8am - 5:00. Their session times are 8 – 8:40 breakfast club, 8.45 – 11.45am, 11:45am to 12.15 pm lunch, 12.15 – 3:15pm and an after school club from 3:05 – 5:00.
The school opens its doors at 8:20 (school starts at 8:50) and school ends 3:05.

The school offers after school clubs every week night from 3.05 to 4.15 throughout the year to different year groups. It also holds parents evening, information sessions and interschool matches. There is extended community use by a Karate club in the evenings and parties during the weekend.

Staff Parking
There are fifteen parking spaces which includes a disabled parking space with a further 6 spaces in the public car park. There is a covered cycle pod (space for 10 cycles)

Travel Issues
The travel issues on Northgate Street are;
 Congestion at critical times of the day – start and end of school day
 Parking
 Busy bus route
 Inappropriate parking i.e. parking on zig-zag lines and all over the grassed areas of the public car park  Speed of vehicles
 No warning flashing lights to warn of school children crossing
 Regular deliveries to the school, Funeral Director’s and the local shops
 Access to the allotments next to the school and the shed construction business via the car park

Serious concerns have been raised from the Funeral Director and some of our parents about how unsafe they feel when using the car park. This has caused me to log a report with Norfolk Police which will be passed to the Safer Neighbourhood Team who will visit the car park and take details of cars causing an obstruction.
In the meantime numbers and details of cars which are regularly causing an obstruction may be collected to pass onto the team.

Results of the staff survey:
Of 83 surveys distributed only 58 were returned.

1. How do you travel to and from school on most days?
19 walk to work, 3 cycle to work, 1 uses the bus, 33 use their car alone and 2 car share.
Results show that staff are either local or have to travel from a far distance to come to school (over 10 miles)
2. Why do you choose that particular method of travel?
Most of the reasons stated distance and amount needed to carry influenced their mode of transport
3. How would you like to travel to and from school?
Of the 53 replies only 10 wanted to change their mode of transport, reasons for being unable to do so include using the car to take children or adults to different settings on the way to or from school.
4. If you do already walk or cycle, or wish to start, is there anything that would help make your journey easier or safer? For example, cycle storage, improved footpaths, crossing facilities or cycle training.
4 answers referred to lack of secure cycle storage for staff cycles.
5. Is there anything about your current journey you dislike? If so, please provide details.
Increased amount of traffic and lack of parking spaces were the only comments made
6. Are there any other comments you would like to make about the things that influence the way you travel to school? Lack of suitable public transport was mentioned by 1 member of staff.

The implications of this survey are that we need to have at least 33 car parking spaces for the number of staff who currently use their car to drive to school. There are 26 places in the public car park outside the school and 15 inside which means that there should be enough for all staff when the building work is completed.
25 members of staff did not return a form so this could account for the anomaly in car parking space.

Results of the travel survey for pupils and parents/carers.
Of 356 surveys issued only 175 were returned (less than 50%) 1. How do you come to/go home from school on most days?
109 children walk, 3 use a Taxi or Bus, 5 cycle and 59 use a car.
2. Why do you come to school that way?
Those who walk are almost all living within one mile of the school, those who use a car are almost all 1 to 3 miles away from the school.
Several parents use a car because of others to drop off en route or because they are on their way to work.
3. How would you like to travel to and from school?
Very few would choose to change their current arrangements.
4. How far is your journey?
Under 1 mile = 22, 1 to 3 miles = 29, over 3 miles = 8.
5. If you do already walk or cycle, or wish to start, is there anything that would make your journey easier or safer? The majority of responses said to have better footpaths and more crossings. Issues also mentioned were inconsiderate parking, dangerous driving, dog mess, width of footpaths and lack of crossing patrol (Lollipop person).
6. Is there anything you dislike about your journey to and from school?
The consensus was the inconsiderate driving and road use by other drivers.
7. Have you been involved in an accident on your way to or from school in the last year?
1 said that they had been in a collision with a bicycle, several mentioned “near misses”, particularly in our car park.
8. Do you own your own bicycle?
24 said no with 35 saying yes.
9. Do you wear any reflective or fluorescent clothes when you walk or cycle? Almost all said no
10. Would you like to?
A very few said yes
11. Do you take part in a ‘walking bus’ on our journey to school?
All said no
12. Would you like to?
24 said yes
13. Would you be interested in car sharing?
4 said yes
14. Are there any comments you would like to make about the things that influence the way you travel to and from school?
Most responses were around the weather, bad driving and parking.
15. Do you have any additional comments you would like to make about your child’s journey to and from school?
Very few parents responded to this question or completed all of the questions on the survey making data analysis inaccurate and unhelpful generally
Business Survey
There were 5 responses from the Funeral Directors Business, and no responses from the Shed Company.
Of the 5 responses all live too far away and not on bus routes so have to use a car for work.
We were appalled at the level of abuse which their staff have received from parents; 4 out of 5 state that they are regularly subjected to abuse from parents, have been blocked in by parents’ cars, one has had actual damage to their car from a parent, they are regularly late for work because of inconsiderate parking by parents, some have been late to collect their own children from school and the Hearse sometimes cannot get out which means that funerals are late.
Some members of Funeral staff are abused daily.
This information was fed back to Norfolk Police on Friday 27/01/2017.

Action Plan




Date to be achieved


For all members of staff in school and in the

Funeral Director’s business to have access to parking free from abuse and threat.

Request that Norfolk

Police patrol the car park regularly and report

people causing a hazard to the relevant authorities.

Head Teacher in liaison with Norfolk Police and

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

By Easter 2017 and then ongoing

 Norfolk Police are unwilling to provide this service so we have to rely on the good will of our parents to ensure that all share the space effectively.

To explore the possibility of a collection/drop off

zone supervised by school staff in the car park

where parents can leave their children quickly,

safe in the knowledge

that they will be escorted into school.

School staff to run a rota to minimise the need for parents to park at the

beginning of the school day.

Rota system organised by the school.

Summer term 2017

 This was found to be an unviable suggestion owing to a variety of factors involving staff availability and practicality

To explore the practicality of a “Walking bus” along Northgate Street.

Head Teacher to contact those parents who

expressed an interest and see how this can be taken further.


Summer term 2017

 None of the parents contacted replied to the request

To improve cycle storage facilities for staff

Cycle storage to be added to improvements required

when the building work has finished



 New cycle storage has now been added to our school.