A pair of public-spirited schoolchildren are spreading the road safety message to classmates and parents as part of a campaign to combat traffic problems.
Shaw Wood Academy pupils Leah Edwards and Shea Hughes have been appointed junior road safety officers with the task of raising awareness of potential problems around their Armthorpe primary school.
The two Year 6 youngsters were among dozens to volunteer for the role and are now busy creating posters, organising competitions and planning special assemblies.
The move follows concerns about congestion and poor parking, fears shared by schools nationwide during the busy morning rush-hour.
Shaw Wood teacher’s assistant Emma Stone said a voluntary one-way system had already been introduced and parking advisory notices were on display to reduce congestion around the Mere Lane building.
“The roads here are narrow and some of the parking outside school can be quite dangerous,” explained Mrs Stone. “There have been no injuries but we have seen several near misses and very much want to improve the situation.”
Figures published this summer by research body Road Safety Analysis and Axa Car Insurance revealed 557,200 vehicle collisions occurred close to British schools between 2006 and 2011 – equal to an average of six collisions per school each year.
As part of their role, Shea and Leah sometimes start their day at 8.30am when they don high-visibility jackets and join staff to monitor vehicles in the area.
“The feedback so far has all been positive with drivers accepting our concerns and advice,” added Mrs Stone.
Headteacher Sharon Faulkner said safety in and around school was of paramount importance.
“We do appreciate the difficulties for parents but we need to work together to create the safest environment possible,” she said.
“Our pupils are very enthusiastic about the scheme and the new officers are doing a great job and will really benefit from taking on these important responsibilities.”