Mid-Norfolk primary school’s proactive parking promise to community

PUBLISHED: 06:52 06 March 2014

With the new parking leaflets at Brisley School are (from left) Ali Fisher, Cagla Yegin (10), Katy Burton (10) and Lily Fitzsimmons (10). Picture: Ian Burt

With the new parking leaflets at Brisley School are (from left) Ali Fisher, Cagla Yegin (10), Katy Burton (10) and Lily Fitzsimmons (10). Picture: Ian Burt

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It’s a thorny issue at primary schools nationwide - where do you park when you are doing the school run?

But a Norfolk primary school is doing its best to ensure its parents are among the most considerate when it comes to dropping off and picking up.

Brisley Primary, near Dereham, has updated its school’s parking leaflet to make sure everyone in the community appreciates the need for safety around the school.

And they hope the recommendations for their parents and children will be shared with schools across the district.

The new leaflet was drawn up with headteacher Liz Hill, Police Community Support Officer Jade Fuller, extended schools co-ordinator Ali Fisher and three Year 6 pupils Katy Burton, Lily Fizsimmons and Cagla Yegin.

In it the school encourages parents to park at the village hall and walk, cycle or use the school bus. It reminds drivers not to park opposite driveways and leave plenty of time to get to school and asks the children to follow safety guidelines such as getting out of the car on the pavement side.

It has been endorsed by Brisley Parish Council, who met the production team in school, and who will be sending out copies for the wider community.

Mrs Hill said: “We have always had a parking leaflet but we are very aware that it needs to be kept updated. We are mindful of the fact that there are always new people moving into the village and we must show that we are being proactive with the parking issue.

“I also make a list of key dates in the school calendar and distribute that to residents so they know when events are happening in evenings. We can’t wave a magic wand and make the problem go away but we can show that we are trying to do something positive.

“The school is part of the community and we have our part to play in keeping the good will.

“I can’t praise parents enough for the way they park around the school but we are in a miserable time of year and we are all human and want to park as close to school as possible.”

Ali Fisher said she would be happy to help other schools follow Brisley’s lead and produce their own parking leaflets.

“I have found that when you are working with schools if you can get things over to the children they can take it home to their parents and the community. They will then ask their parents to park somewhere else or get up earlier so they are not late. There is some pester power there. Parking issues are always going to be a problem in schools but it is good to keep looking at it and working at it. Brisley parents are on the whole very responsible compared to some other schools but the leaflet is a good reminder.”

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