Parking & Crown Way – Message to parents 01/10/2021

Dear parents and families,

I am again messaging you to urge you to please park and drive safely and legally on Crown Way and in the streets on the other side of Maindy park from the school, i.e. Gelligaer Street and Cosmeston Street and nearby roads. I have received a number of complaints from residents of those streets who have contacted  both Cardiff Council and the Police to patrol the areas in the coming weeks, particularly between 2.30 and 3.15pm. Similarly, Cardiff Council is sending enforcement cars to patrol Crown way and the surrounding streets. I would not like any families to get a fine for parking or driving illegally which is what the enforcement cars will hand out. More importantly, I do not want any students, family members, staff or members of the public to be seriously injured or worse as a result of parking and driving violations. Please do support Cathays High School to keep your children, and the children of other families, as safe as possible by driving sensibly and using Maindy carpark to pick and drop-off your children if you feel you have to drive them to and from school.

Your support in this would be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully

Stuart Davies

(Headteacher)


Crown Way Message 09/09/2021

Dear parents,

It has been a lovely start to the school year and we have been delighted to welcome your children to Cathays High this term. Could I please make an important request of you all which is of paramount importance for the safety of all children, colleagues and the wider community?

There has been a lot of families parking illegally on Crown Way on the double, yellow lines and even the zigzagged lines of the Zebra Crossing outside the school gates. These are highly dangerous and are very likely to lead to a serious accident which could injure one of our students or colleagues on duty. Please refrain from parking on these under any circumstances. The Police and traffic enforcement cars do patrol the area at random during the morning drop-off and evening pick-up and will issue penalties for traffic offences. However, those are of little consequence compared to the possibility of contributing to the injury, or worse, of a child. Parents should also not use the main school car park for dropping off children. There have been a number of serious near-misses over the first few days of school where families using the main staff and visitor car park have narrowly avoided hitting some of our vulnerable students who are dropped-off or collected in taxis.

Parents are able to pull into Maindy Car park, opposite the school gates on Crown Way, to set down or pick up their children at the start and end of the school day. I appreciate this may add a few minutes to the journey time and therefore it is vital that you plan this in to the timings when preparing and leaving for the journey to school. Alternatively, you may wish to consider working out a travel route using the school designated Cardiff Bus services (618 & 619) which drop-off and pick-up outside the school gates on Crown Way each day, or an alternative bus journey. This would reduce the volume of traffic outside school and considerably lessen the risk of accidents and injuries.

Kind regards,

Stuart Davies
(Headteacher)


Important notice:

From Monday 16th September 2019 Maindy Leisure Centre will be using ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) to track cars going into their car park.

All users of the leisure centre will continue to be able to park free of charge.

Please be aware that all other vehicles entering the car park for more than 10 minutes are likely to receive a £60-£100 parking fine.
We are advising parents not to use Maindy to pickup or drop off their children unless you are sure it will be less than 10 minutes.

The school will not be held responsible for any fines received.

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