A letter from Mr. Gilmour:
Last night one of our children was involved in an cycle accident when he was hit by a car. Luckily his injuries are not life-threatening – he has a broken collar bone and a large scrape on the side of his face.
However he was not wearing a helmet or a hi-visibility vest and at the time, perhaps was not being as sensible as he should have been.
Over the last few days, I have noticed children riding around without helmets or hi-viz vests and not being sensible: for example cycling the wrong way down Drayton Road or pulling out into busy streets without looking first.
Therefore I urge you to not allow your children out on their bicycles without helmets, hi-viz vests and a promise to be sensible particularly over the holiday as the nights are getting lighter. You can buy a helmet and vest for less than £20 – dare I say not a lot to protect the life of a child.
In addition from next term children will only be allowed to cycle into school if they apply for a cycle permit and agree to wear a helmet and a vest. If children come into school with a bike but without these, I will not allow them to cycle home – more details will follow the first week back.
I was really scared that I might have to lead an assembly today about a cycling tragedy rather than an accident. Please help me make sure that I never have to.