CHILDREN are taking road safety into their own hands in a bid to urge drivers to slow down.
In September 2013, Easebourne Primary School moved from Easebourne Street to Wheelbarrow Castle and it is now fighting to make getting to school safer.
It has now launched a petition for a traffic light-controlled crossing at the school entrance, encouraging drivers to be more cautious and allowing older pupils to walk to and from school independently.
Headteacher Johnny Culley said: “As time has passed, we have discovered Wheelbarrow Castle is used as a shortcut from Petworth to Haslemere, with speeding traffic making it unsafe for schoolchildren.
“We are asking people to sign our petition. Children can also sign, as long as they understand what it is about.
“I simply want the children at this school to be safe, not only when they walk to and from school, but also when they visit the new parish field. I strongly believe a signalised crossing is the only safe solution.
If we have these traffic lights the children at our school won’t be in as much danger as they are now
“We have also been struggling for parking spaces around the school. We have stepped up to this challenge and set up a programme called ‘WOW – Walk Once a Week’.
“Every child who walks or uses sustainable transport to get to school once a week for a month earns a different Strider badge.”
Children, parents, teachers and governors are pressing for the crossing to be installed.
Parent governor Jo Asman told the Observer: “Pedestrian safety is a top priority for the school. A permanent signalised crossing on Wheelbarrow Castle would help keep children safe throughout the day as they cross with their families into the school grounds.”
Year 6 school councillor Katie said: “This will make the parents feel much more confident for their children to walk to school.”
Year 4 school councillor Erin added: “If we have these traffic lights the children at our school won’t be in as much danger as they are now.”
The school will have a stand at Midhurst Rother College’s community day this Saturday (April 25). The petition already has more than 700 signatures but needs 3,000 before the request triggers a debate at West Sussex County Council. To sign, visit Petition