26 APR 2013

Wheatfield Primary School

Jack today visited Wheatfield Primary School to look at issues over access to the school. Jack had received concerns over traffic congestion at the time of school runs, the road layout near the school, and the resulting road safety issues for children getting to the school on foot.

'I was concerned at the problems Wheatfield has had with access to the school at the beginning and end of the school day,' commented Jack. 'There are clearly problems with the road layout, and I feel that there is more that South Gloucestershire Council can do to help. I have got in touch with them and requested a meeting at the school for them to see the problems and I hope that they will be able to make changes to help the situation. I know that the school have worked hard over many years to tackle these problems.'

The school has instituted a Golden Boots award for the class that has the highest percentage of its members walking to school in a week. It has also worked hard through its Bike It crew to encourage pupils to bike to school safely. Jack saw a road safety presentation from the Bike It crew in Friday mornings Celebration Assembly, as well has having the chance to present the Golden Boots award to the winning class. The school assembly gave a rendition of the school Jubilee song, 'Sing.'

In addition, Jack met members of the School Council to talk about his role as an MP and answer a series of questions from them. These ranged from 'do you get encouragement from members of the public?' and 'what is the most difficult issue you have had to vote on?' to 'what football team do you support?'

Jack said 'I thoroughly enjoyed presenting the Golden Boots award in assembly. I know they have worked very hard to tackle the road safety issues, and I hope South Gloucestershire Council can reciprocate. I was very impressed with the questions that the School Council asked me, and I hope that they learnt more about the work I do as an MP.'

Jack is pictured with the School Council

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