Easington youngsters are keeping fellow pupils safe

Youngsters at Easington Colliery Primary School become road safety officers.
Youngsters at Easington Colliery Primary School become road safety officers.
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Youngsters at a County Durham primary school are helping to make roads safer by keeping motorists and visitors on the right track.

Pupils at Easington Colliery Primary School are taking their role as Junior Road Safety Officers very seriously, including ticketing drivers who flout their regulations.

The Junior Road Safety Officers, JRSO’s, Kai Higgins, Grace Archer, Regan Bowman, Ellie Wise, Autumn Simpson and Joe Tulip, are representing their school and working to keep their community a safe place to be by tackling dangerous driving and parking.

These children are taking part in a road safety project to ensure that all visitors to their school are parking safely and are always looking out for the safety of fellow pupils.

The team is working alongside Durham County Council Road Safety Officer, Judith Forster, Councillor Angela Surtees, Easington Neighbourhood Police Team’s PCSO’s Andrea Leigh, Lisa Gutcher and Lucy Oxley and their teachers, to ensure that all pupils are safe when arriving and leaving school.

The children are also helping to teach and remind fellow pupils in school about the importance of safety on the road, during whole school assemblies and regular competitions.

They are also busy running their own noticeboard to update and inform all pupils and staff of their everyday work.

Katrina Coxon, School Business Manager, said: “Their message is simple - reminding everyone visiting school in a vehicle, to put the children’s safety first.

“JRSO’s have been monitoring parking outside of the school at the start of the school day as well as at home times, alongside the local neighbourhood police team.

“Any visitors who are not parking in the correct parking places, are given a parking ticket from JRSO’s that pupils in school have designed during one of their competitions.”

She went on to say: “JRSO’s have also designed their own school banners that are displayed around perimeter fences with a strong message to remind everyone to drive and park safely.”

Coun Surtees is supporting the road safety project and has provided funding towards the cost of the banners.

The children also arrange regular progress meetings with everyone involved, in order to continue their pro-active work for the project, and this is also being positively received by parents and visitors.