Car Park Protocol
At Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, we recognise that everyone has the right to succeed in a safe and stimulating environment.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all members of our academy community to share this commitment. This protocol is designed to support the creation of conditions within the academy where our young people can feel and be safe.
At Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, we seek to provide a safe and secure means of access to the academy for pupils, staff, parents and visitors by:
- Controlling vehicular access to the academy site
- Ensuring the academy car park and drive ways are used safely and responsibly.
To ensure safe access to the academy for pupils, staff and visitors, the following safety controls apply:
- A 5 mph vehicle limit applies throughout the site.
- All drivers must exercise due care and attention when manoeuvring in the car park and on the driveway.
- There is no vehicular access to the site, except for the school buses, between 3.00pm and 3.30pm. Delivery vehicles are not exempt from the exclusion time.
- The academy has no facility for pick-up/drop-off on site. Parents/carers still wishing to collect or drop-off their children will need to park off-site – Mariners Compass/Leman Road or use the rear gate to access Youell Avenue is our recommendation.
- Taxis providing specialist transport should arrive before 3:00pm. They should park in the visitors bays and leave after 3:30pm.
- Parents/carers collecting students with specialist needs should also park in the visitor bays. Parents/carers are asked to either collect their children before 3.00pm or after 3.30pm. The SEN department will make contact with affected families, to confirm the necessary arrangements.
- Staff members must register their car details with Mrs J. Spurgeon.
- Cars must be parked in designated bays. If no bay is available then alternative parking must be found off-site. Parking and or “waiting” on the roadways and on grass verges is strictly prohibited.
- All visitors are encouraged to use the marked visitor parking bays. If parking in the academy car park, visitors must register their car details in the Visitors’ Log Book at Reception.
- The disabled bays are for use by registered disabled badge holders only (blue badge).
- Students and other pedestrians must use the marked walkways at all times.
- Cyclists and non-motorised scooter users must dismount when accessing the academy site.
- Motorised scooters and mopeds are not permitted on the academy site.
- Mobility scooter users should use the footpaths and must not exceed 5 mph speed limit.
- The car park is covered by CCTV and will be monitored for unauthorised use. Students, staff and parents/carers are strongly encouraged to report any concerns to Reception.
- If this policy is consistently ignored a ban to the site may be imposed.
- Visitors (such as contractors), requiring access to other areas of the academy site, should report to Reception for authorisation and an escort.
- This protocol forms part of the academy’s Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies.
- The protocol will be reviewed regularly.
- Copies of the protocol will be made available to students, staff, parents and visitors via the website.
- Students’ responsibilities will be reinforced through assemblies and form time activities.
- The academy reserves the right to shut the gates at any time, particularly if it is deemed necessary to protect the safety of students, staff, parents/carers and visitors.
- Users of the car park do so at their own risk. The academy will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss to vehicles or their contents.
- The academy encourages all eligible students to use the school bus provision. The academy pastoral team will be a regular presence on this service from September 2016. Students who fail to uphold the academy’s high standards of behaviour and conduct may be banned from the school bus provision for a fixed term period, and if appropriate, permanently.
- Students who persistently fail to comply with the rules regarding the safe use of cycles and non-motorised scooters may be banned from bringing these items onto the academy site.
- Parents/carers who choose to drop off or pick up their children are urged to park legally, considerately and responsibly. The police were consulted as part of the formulation of this protocol, and it was requested that the academy reminds parents/carers that vehicles that are causing an obstruction or that are parked illegally (e.g. parking on pavements, zig-zag lines or on yellow lines etc.) may be subject to penalties enforced by the local council.