Students in the Sixth Form are learning to travel independently in a variety of locations around Leeds.
Each Friday three groups of students leave school to practice road safety, learn to use public transport, and find their own way to a range of venues in the local area and in the City Centre.
Our students are becoming increasingly more confident and building vital road safety skills as they make their journey.
In Travel Sets 1 and 2 students have been learning to travel to and from the City Centre by bus, using their road safety skills and knowledge of local landmarks to find their way. In recent weeks the students have had to budget for trips to stores and cafes in the city centre.
A group of students flag down and board a bus to town
Recently one student in set 2 arrived back in school ahead of the main group and proudly announced that he had walked back to school from the local bus stop completely independently.
Another student, in Set 1, enjoys setting himself challenges as he becomes more and more confident. He has found a shop called ‘Ok Comics’ in the Thorntons arcade in Leeds, and now visits it each time we travel. This student has designed and written some of his own comics, and the shop manager has agreed to sell some of his work. On 9th March he left one of his comics at the shop and was very excited at the prospect of selling it.
On Friday 16th March 2012, the student got off the bus near Leeds Market and walked independently from the bus stop to OK Comics. He had no problems finding the store and used good road safety skills on the journey. When he arrived he was really pleased to find that he had sold his first comic. We were all very proud of him. He left another comic for sale and enjoyed talking to the shop manager about it. He said “All i’ve got is my travel independence at the moment. It's the only way I can get to town”