Travel Planning

Since 2002, Burford School has developed a particularly active and well-supported travel plan, for which the overall aims are to encourage and support the use of sustainable transport (i.e. walking, park & walk, car share, cycling, scootering), both to and from school.

A sustainable approach means that we are more environmentally friendly and aim to tackle some of the challenges that Burford School faces, namely:

  • Reducing traffic congestion around the school during drop-off and pick-up times. Increased traffic and badly parked cars reduce visibility and increase the likelihood of an accident.
  • Making the routes to school safer for children.  As drivers: observing the speed limits and manoeuvring cars carefully. For children: improving road safety skills and understanding of the dangers on the road.
  • Being mindful of residents who live close to school. Blocked driveways and churned-up verges are an issue.
  • To encourage children (and parents!) to adopt a healthy lifestyles through more fresh air and exercise.

To address some of our challenges, Burford operates the following initiatives:

  • Go for Gold (GfG)  – an incentive based scheme developed to encourage children and their parents to use sustainable travel modes for the school journey (both to and from school).
  • Footsteps’ training –  a training programme in 3 stages which teaches pupils in Years 1 to 3 practical road safety skills under the guidance of an accredited  tutor.
  • Cycling skills – Burford runs cycle training – ‘Cycling Awareness’ for 9-11 year olds, run by accredited trainers.
  • The appointment of 4 JRSO’s  (Junior Road Safety Officers) each year to support the travel initiatives.  Many events and competitions throughout the year to support travel planning initiatives.

If you would like to get involved in supporting some of our travel initiatives, please contact Burford’s School Travel Co-ordinators via the school office.

Burford is one of the few schools that has been awarded a gold award from Bucks County Council for achieving a ‘Level 3 Plan’ for more than 3 years. This award, in turn, enables us to apply for funding to support our future travel initiatives.

It is therefore important that we maintain interest and momentum for travel planning. This is only possible with support from parents, as the school staff as well as the wider community.

If you would like to know more, please contact Vanessa Hill.

Below is a list of letters and bulletins relating to travel to and from school (including ‘Go for Gold’, our walk to school initiative). To view these you need a copy of Adobe pdf reader which is free to download and can be found using the link below.


Burford Travel Plan and Annual Reviews

Burford walk to school map
Parking on verges
Burford School Cycle & Scooter Notice
Drivers’ Code of Conduct 2007
Walk to school map
Travel Plan – The first to reach level 3 (produced 2004)
Annual Review 2011
Annual Review 2010
Annual Review 2009
Annual Review 2006
Annual Review 2005
Annual Review 2004