Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for feedback on the decision to close Lindale Gate. We had 289 responses in favour of both re-opening the gate and keeping the gate closed.[button url=”http://www.ounsdale.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Consultation-on-Lindale-Gate-final-report.pdf” target=”_self” size=”small” style=”skyblue” ]View the report here[/button]
The overwhelming response was from those who wanted the gate re-opened to improve student safety on the journey to and from school.
Those opposing the re-opening of the gate were smaller in number but clearly expressed their concerns about the anti-social behaviour of a small but significant number of students and the impact this was having on them. Those opposing the re-opening also expressed concern about congestion and car parking in the Lindale Drive area.
After considering all of the responses we have decided to re-open the Lindale Gate at the end of the school day and for a limited time in the morning (8.25am – 8.40am) to maintain the improvement we have seen in student punctuality and support supervision.
We are also taking a number of other actions to address the issues raised through the consultation
- Students have been made aware feedback from the consultation and have been advised that any anti-social behaviour will be dealt with. Sanctions against students involved in such behaviour will include being banned from using this gate and parents being informed.
- Parents have been made aware of the feedback including concerns raised about anti-social behaviour, car parking and congestion issues. We ask that parents dropping or collecting their child from this exit do not park on Lindale Drive.
- We will work with the local community, St Bernadette’s primary school and local residents to identify any on-going issues and deal with any incidents that occur
- We are setting up a student liaison group consisting of Year 10 students who will work in the local primary school to address the issues raised by primary students and build bridges between them and Ounsdale students.
- We will lobby our local MP and the Local Authority who own the land between the school gates and Lindale Drive to secure funding for a proper path to this exit
We appreciate that this decision will not please those who opposed the opening of the gate but hope that the consultation report explains why it has been taken. We take any concerns about the attitude and behaviour of our students very seriously and are committed to working with our local community to address any issues that arise by improving communication and encouraging them to report concerns so that the small number of students who are involved in anti-social behaviour can be dealt with by the school and their parents.
During periods of very poor weather we will have to close the Lindale Gate but will advise parents of this through the usual methods – text and website.
As always, we welcome any further comments, feedback on this matter.