Edwards wrote:Why do the public think that members of staff at a school are responsible for the behaviour of the pupils before and after the school day is not clear to me.
Maybe it's what they were brought up to believe when they passed through the school system? Our school was very insistent upon uniform being worn smartly on the way to/from school and it wasn't unheard of for detentions to result (BTW, I'm talking the 1990s here rather than the 1950s). It's difficult. I can understand why the school has some responsibility (eg. for traffic problems caused just outside the school gates caused by parents picking up children) and I would expect a teacher to raise the issue if he became aware of a child cycling a bike which was in a dangerous condition (had no brake etc.). However, the number of complaints you seem to have received is unjustified and goes a long way to explain why schools sometimes see children cycling to school as more hassle than it's worth