Does your child cycle to and from school?
Disclaimer: In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of, or damage to property or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of Seaham High School Cycle Shed(s).
It is the responsibility of the Parent/Carer to ensure that their child has a suitable road worthy bicycle that is fit for purpose. The bicycle should be maintained and checked for safety defects on a regular basis and should not be used in or around school (including to and from school) should defects be found. It is also the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that their child is wearing appropriate cycle safety clothing and equipment such as a helmet. Seaham High School accepts no responsibility for damage caused to the equipment or user whilst they are riding to/from or around school.
Cycle sheds are available for storage of bicycles, but the user does so at their own risk. Seaham High School is not responsible for damage or vandalism caused to the bicycle or stored equipment in any way and that the responsibility falls to that of the user or their parent/carer. The user should take all necessary precautions to ensure safe storage of their equipment and bicycle.
The school has extensive CCTV covering the site and this could be used as evidence during any criminal investigation.
Cycling is a very good form of exercise and travel. It is fun, keeps you fit and gives you independence. The number of cyclists in school is growing exponentially and it is wonderful to see our students exercising on a regular basis.
Please take a moment to read the following advice. We would like you to discuss this with your child and encourage them to be responsible and safe cyclists.
Your child is ready to cycle to school if:
- They are an experienced cyclist with a high degree of road awareness.
- They know how to ride their bike with confidence.
They shouldn’t cycle to school or on public roads if:
- They are new to cycling.
- They feel nervous and lack confidence on their bike.
To improve cycling, your child should try:
- A Durham County Council Bikeability proficiency scheme – http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/6549/Cycling-road-safety-schemes
- To stick to safe areas such as cycle paths.
Seaham High School asks that all cycle users carry out the following checks:
- Brakes are working properly.
- Tyres have a good tread and are inflated to the correct pressure.
- Gears and chain are properly adjusted.
- Handlebars and saddle are at the correct height and position.
- Front and rear lights and reflectors are working and clean.
They should also:
- Have a bell fitted and use it with consideration to alert other road users to their presence
- Wear fluorescent or reflective clothing
- Wear a cycle helmet. Nine out of ten cyclists who are involved in road accidents suffer head injuries.
Once your child arrives at school with their bike we ask that cyclists:
- Park safely and considerately; never leave a bike in a place where it will be a danger or obstruction to others.
- Always lock their bike when leaving it, even if it is only for a few minutes.
- Secure their bike in the school bike area. Lock their bike through the frame, not the wheels
- Remove smaller parts and accessories that can’t be secured, especially lights, pumps and quick-release saddles