Active (and sustainable) travel is a method of travel that causes as little impact to the environment as possible - so it can carry on happening without destroying the planet or using up all our store of fossil fuels. More sustainable travel can improve air quality around our school, help us to get more active, improve our physical and mental health, and reduce traffic congestionin our area.

This is why we are passionate about encouraging more of our students, parents and staff to walk and/or cycle to school.

Ark Boulton Active Travel Policy

At Ark Boulton Academy we encourage pupils and parents to travel to school by cycling and walking (active travel) wherever possible. 

This school travel policy explains how we will be encouraging active travel to school. We will discuss the policy with the pupils and re-visit it periodically to ensure its relevance. For pupils unable to travel to school actively, we encourage use of public transport or car-share. 

If you have any ideas to improve things at or around school for pedestrians and cyclists, or questions about travelling to school, please get in touch with

Some of the benefits of active travel are: 

  • improving both mental and physical health through physical activity 
  • establishing positive active travel behaviour 
  • promoting independence and improving safety awareness 
  • reducing congestion, noise and pollution in the community 
  • reducing the environmental impact of the journey to school. 

To encourage pupils to cycle to school frequently the school will: 

  • actively promote cycling as a positive way of travelling 
  • celebrate the achievements of those who cycle to school 
  • provide cycle storage on the school site 
  • provide high quality cycle training to all pupils who wish to participate. 

To make cycling to and from school a positive experience for everybody concerned, we expect our pupils to: 

  • ride sensibly and safely and to follow the Highway Code 
  • check that their bicycle is roadworthy and regularly maintained 
  • behave in a manner which shows them and the school in the best possible light and to consider the needs of others when cycling 
  • consider wearing a cycle helmet 
  • ensure they can be seen by other road users, by using lights and wearing high-visibility clothing, as appropriate. 

For the wellbeing of our pupils, we expect parents and carers to: 

  • encourage their child to walk or cycle to school whenever possible 
  • encourage their child to take up opportunities to develop their competence and confidence in cycling 
  • consider cycling with their child on the school run, possibly joining with other families as a ‘cycle train’ 
  • provide their child with equipment such as high-visibility clothing, lights, a lock and cycle helmet as appropriate 
  • ensure that the bicycles ridden to school are roadworthy and regularly maintained. 

Please note that: 

  • the decision as to whether a child is competent to cycle or walk safely to and from school rests with the parent(s)/carer(s). The school has no liability for any consequences of that decision 
  • this policy covers the journey to and from school where the school has no responsibility or liability. When walking and cycling activities are being led by the school there may additional rules and guidance concerning equipment such as use of helmets, high visibility clothing, etc 
  • parents are advised to consider appropriate insurance cover (check home insurance) as the school is not liable for, and its insurance does not cover, any loss or damage to bicycles being used on the way to or from school. 

Road Safety

Walking to school is a great initative for sustainable travel, but does our behaviour put us at risk when walking to and from school?

What are dangerous habits in Road Safety?  

You many have seen people who have:  

  • crossed the road between two parked cars 
  • used their mobile phone whilst crossing the road  
  • crossed the road on a blind bend 
  • run across the road when they have seen a car coming 
  • forget to look on both sides before walking across the road 
  • distracted the driver of a vehicle when travelling as a passenger 
  • talking in a group and not concentrating on the road when crossing  
  • pushed people into the road 

These are all dangerous habits and could end in you, someone in your group or a driver getting seriously injured. Don’t fall into these dangerous habits and tell others to stop if you see them. 


How should we behave on the roads? 

These are the Golden Rules for crossing roads and keeping you and others safe:  

  • Follow these rules for walking to school safely 
  • Stop at the kerb or edge of the street. 
  • Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic. 
  • Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing. 
  • Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing. 
  • Walk, don't run across the street. 


Creating a Clean Air Environment Around Our School

What is air pollution?

Air pollution comes from a range of sources, including some nearby, like vehicles and other sources within the city, and some further afield. The proportion of pollution that reaches us from each source depends on the weather, the location, the time of day, and a number of other factors. Wherever you are, you’ll breathe in some of this pollution.

There are several different pollutants, but the main ones which affect our health are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (PM10 and PM2.5). Road transport is the biggest source of both of these.

Air pollution concentrations depend on the emissions level and how the emissions are dispersed in the air. A combination of still air (low dispersal) and the morning rush hour (high emissions) mean the highest pollution levels are often in the morning. There’s often a second smaller, more spread out peak in the late afternoon and evening too when people are travelling home.

Air pollution is different on different days, it’s usually lower at the weekend than on weekdays.

How can I help?

By using active travel methods you can make a difference to our environment. This will not only help the general environment, but also help you learn more.

We encourage our budding scientists to also learn more about alternative fuel sources. These help reduce the negative impact of modern life on the environment.