Through Class Council Meetings, our children voiced a concern about the unsafe driving and parking around our school at peak times (at the beginning and end of the school day). We are working together on this to try to improve this not only for our school, but also for our local community. We want to keep our children and community safe!
Unsafe Driving/Parking Posters
We held a poster competition. The winning posters are displayed outside of our school, to encourage adults to drive and park more safely around our school. Please see below to view the posters.
Here's the letter which we have sent to different agencies asking for support.
From the letter that we wrote, Andy (somebody who works in Road Safety) got in touch. He's held Road Safety Workshops with the children in school but we mentioned that, although teaching the children how to stay safe on the roads is great, this doesn't really tackle the problem of unsafe driving and parking around our school at peak times. Therefore, Andy is currently working with other agencies (police, fire etc.) to create a workshop for adults. Once this is ready, SMSJ will be the first school to pilot this scheme. If it is successful, it will be rolled out to other schools. Fingers crossed it helps!
Something else which we are working on is taking some of our children (Road Safety Ambassadors) out onto the pavement with banners to ask the drivers to slow down and park safely. These children will be closely supervised by adults from school, Andy (the Road Safety man) and a PCSO. Keep your eyes out for us!
Also, we have created an Action Team who are writing a letter to the people who run the carpark across the road to ask for them to provide free parking between 8:30 and 9am, and 3pm and 3:30pm. We feel that our parents would be more willing to park there if it's free, at drop off and pick up times, rather than trying to find parking on the road or pavements, thus helping our children to stay safe.