Sutton School Streets - A Guide for Parents




Why School Streets?

In London, as much as 25% of rush hour traffic is made up of vehicles travelling to school. We know that children are among those most affected by high air pollution levels and that air pollution has been linked to asthma, heart disease and can impact lung development. Meanwhile, using active forms of travel like walking and cycling have excellent benefits not only for the environment but also for the health of our residents.

School Streets are a way of reducing air pollution and keeping children safe and healthy on their way to school. This is why Sutton is introducing 10 schemes across the borough. A School Street is a road outside a school which is temporarily closed to motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. Streets remain open to pedestrians, cyclists and exempted vehicles during the restricted times.


What to Expect

We began introducing street signs during October 2021, and the schemes will go live from 1 November 2021. This means that you will not be permitted to drive into the school street during the hours of operation to drop off or pick up your child from school. The restrictions will be enforced with Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras. There will not be any physical barriers to stop vehicles from entering so there will be no impact on emergency vehicles or other exempt vehicles.


When do the School Street Restrictions Apply?

The restrictions apply during term time only. Schemes operate when the majority of pupils are travelling to or from school, so the exact time of the restrictions varies for each school. The timings for each school can be found on our website at on the Exemptions page.


Who Can Register as Exempt?

Residents who live within the School Street area will be able to register their vehicle as exempt and be allowed to drive into the School Street during the hours of restriction. Residents in the surrounding areas and those who do not live inside the School Street area will not be able to apply for exemption and will need to observe the restrictions at school drop-off and pick-up times.

Parents/carers of students with special educational needs or disabilities and parents/carers with blue badges may also be exempt, dependent on agreement from the school. Please contact the school directly if this applies to you. Please note that all other parking restrictions will still apply.

For SEND pupils please provide

  • Name of student
  • Name of Parent/Carer
  • Vehicle Registration Mark
  • Blue Badge Number (if applicable)
  • Reason why exemption is required


Emergency service vehicles, school buses and certain other service and utility vehicles will also be exempt- please check our website for full details.

If you need to drive to school please park further away and considerately on local roads and walk/cycle/scoot in. Parking should not be on yellow lines, zig zag markings, zebra crossings, on the footway or blocking access to dropped kerbs.

For more information about timings, exemptions and how the schemes work, please visit our School Streets web pages at


Please see Information from the Parental Update using the link below:

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Shorts Road

Carshalton Surrey


T: 020 8642 2025


For general enquiries please mail:

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