Travel & Transport
Almost all pupils who are admitted have yet to develop the skills that would enable them to travel safely and independently to school.
The London Borough of Barnet SEN Transport Panel will consider parental requests for transport from Barnet residents. Parallel arrangements are in place for other local authorities that may commission a place at The Windmill.
If agreed the Transport Department will make arrangements and will tell you when your child will be picked up and returned home.
Any queries concerning transport should be addressed to your Local Authority. If the Panel refuse a request for transport, it becomes the parent’s/carer’s responsibility to ensure that pupils get to school on time and are safely collected at the end of the day.
Some school support staff will be trained as travel-trainers and we aim to ensure wherever possible that pupils are either independent travellers or have made progress towards becoming so, by the time they leave school.
School Travel Plan
We encourage all staff to use active or sustainable modes of travel for their daily commute, by walking, cycling or using public transport.
Independent Travel Training
Road safety and the development of independent travel skills are a regular feauture of every pupil's learning. This will involve progressively developmental activities that are adapted to suit each pupil's emerging skills, so that in time many will have the confidence and ability to plan and make journeys of their own. Whilst most students arrive at school by SEN Transport minibuses or taxis, educational visits to local and regional places of interest are a regular feature of our curriculum and are always undertaken using public transport wherever possible to maximise opportunities to practice travel skills.
"Park and Stride"
There are no parking spaces available on our temporary school site. All parents and visitors travelling by car will need to use local roads or public car parks, where space is legally available.