Thomas Becket Catholic School

Thomas Becket Catholic School

Important information for parents of students who cycle to school

Cycling is a great way of getting to school and can help keep students healthy and active, while making the school run more fun, reducing traffic congestion and helping the environment.

We encourage cycling to school as much as possible and ask that parents ensure that students are competent to negotiate hazards and understand how to stay safe on their journey.

It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that helmets are worn and bicycles are roadworthy and in good working order, including the tyres, lights and brakes.

If your child wishes to ride their bike to school please complete the cycle permission form here:

Here are some top tips to stay safe whilst cycling to and from school:

  • Find an easy, quiet route.
    Take a smooth, flat route if possible. Don't be put off by a less direct route compared to a busy, direct one.
  • Practise the route at the weekend first.
    Take some time at the weekend to practise, explore different routes, and make sure you know where you are going and how long it will take.
  • Be prepared.
    Mornings are a busy time, so spend some time the night before to prepare. Pack bags and leave helmets ready, so you can get up and go!
  • Have the correct safety accessories.
    A white front light and red rear light (constant or flashing) and reflectors are legal requirements when cycling in the dark.

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Students should not be using e-scooters to travel to and from school.

We have sought advice from Northamptonshire Police and have confirmed that it is illegal for children to use e-scooters and that all adults using e-scooters should abide by the clear restrictions set out by the government.

If we become aware that a student has travelled to school on an e-scooter, then you, as their parent/carer, will be called to collect it.

We appreciate your support in keeping our students as safe as possible on their journey to school.