Movement of traffic inside school grounds

Written risk assessments for movement of traffic inside school grounds

This risk assessment is legally required for every school in the UK. It should be made assessable  to staff, parents, pupils, visitors and transport operators. 

A school may delegate  the task of producing the written risk assessment to their local authority if they are a state school but it will still be the school governing body or management team that holds a legal responsibility to ensure the document is adequate and kept up to date. The document should be updated at least once a year or sooner if required and this action should be recorded at a meeting so there is an available audit trail.

The risk assessment should look at how pedestrians will be protected from traffic and might include all or some (our list is not exhaustive) of the following:

  • Speed limits
  • Barriers and/or fencing
  • Pick up and drop off points and possible one way systems
  • Turning circle
  • Double yellow lines
  • Designated parking for home to school transport operators
  • Areas for staff parking, visitors including parents/carers and deliveries
  • Zebra crossings
  • Lighting

Records should be available detailing measures taken to monitor compliance of these procedures and noting who has responsibility for this.

An audit trail is essential to protect schools and ensure safety standards are maintained, in particular, for pupils when boarding and alighting transport.