Principal’s Blog: Road Safety

Road safety has been the theme for assemblies with our younger students this week. This comes from our concern that they are not good at crossing roads.

There is a group mentality about if you cross a road with friends, then someone else is watching the traffic. The result is that no one in the group is actively watching the traffic – and this is the cue for emergency stops, squealing brakes and lost tempers from drivers. I have to congratulate the drivers of St Austell who are nearly always calm, careful, highly aware that children are crossing roads and driving cautiously. If they did not we would have had a serious accident by now.

We cannot rely on drivers always being alert or for the person from another town or county who does not understand how busy we get from 8am to 8.30am and 3pm to 3.30pm every weekday; and so is driving a little bit faster and unable to make an emergency stop. Please reinforce with your son or daughter how much you want them to come home from school each day intact, whole and unhurt. Our students have been much better this week – but we want this to continue after half term too!

Traffic is also a concern in another way. I am getting complaints from neighbours on Charlestown Road that parents are parking inconsiderately and in some cases have been aggressive towards residents wanting access to their own houses. I appreciate that many parents like to pick their sons and daughters up after school but asking them to walk down to Asda car park instead would give them a chance to have some fresh air and exercise straight after a hard day at school as well as alleviating the pressure on Charlestown Road. In an ideal world I would have space for parents to park on our site; but unless the government decide to rebuild Penrice on a brand new site with consideration given to 21st Century traffic – which is highly unlikely – we have to manage as best as we can with a school next to a major road and residential area. Please think about how you could help us by parking in a different place.

Half term comes next week and we are now 20% of the way through the school year. For our students each year goes a little bit faster and the school year can disappear more quickly than many think. Half term would be a good time to consider what has gone well in these first seven weeks and what you would like to be even better in the seven weeks between now and Christmas. By Christmas we will be 40% of the way through the school year and that should focus the mind on how much work has to be done and why every day and every lesson counts.

We have three INSET days in the next half term which means that Christmas is 32 working days away.

I wish everyone a peaceful half term break.

David Parker, Principal