School Crossing Patrol Service
School Crossing Patrols will continue to serve their communities as usual.
We provide a school crossing patrol service to assist children on their daily journeys to and from school.
We are currently considering a number of proposals to help us close a £35m shortfall in our budget for next year. This included moving to a community funded school crossing patrol service.
This was always going to be one of the more difficult decisions, as we know how much schools and parents value their local patrols.
After listening to public feedback, our cabinet members feel this is not the right time to pursue this option and therefore will not be taking this any further at this time.
Although this means it will continue to cost the council £1.4m to run the service, and therefore brings with it other financial pressures which will need to be met, we think this is the right thing to do.
We would like to thank everybody who took the time to take part in the consultations and also say a huge thank you to the patrols themselves for their continued hard work and their total professionalism during this unsettling time.
You can read more about the decision here. You can also read the school crossing patrol consultation results (1.6MB)
How do we decide where to put a school crossing patrol point?
We use a set of criteria developed by the Local Authority Road Safety Officer's Association (Road Safety GB) specifically for this purpose.
- Provides a high level of pupil safety.
- Establishes school crossing patrol points where these criteria are met.
We cannot provide a patrol on every road crossed by pupils. Parents are always responsible for the safety of their children on the way to and from school.
If you feel that a school crossing patrol should be provided at a particular location please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
How do you decide where to cover in the event of staff absence?
We operate a small team of mobile patrols throughout the county. Every effort is made to ensure emergency coverage of crossing points.
Cover is based on assessments of individual points and relief staff are allocated using a priority system. Priority A are the highest priority because they present the greatest risk to pedestrians if left without cover. We always try to cover these wherever possible. Crossing points at pelican lights will not be covered in the case of absence.
Must drivers stop for school crossing patrols?
It is an offence under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, for a driver to fail to stop for a school crossing patrol wearing the official uniform and displaying the patrol stop sign.
It is also an offence for a driver to move off whilst the patrol is still on the road.
School crossing patrols have additional powers to stop traffic to help adults cross the road, as well as children going to and from school.
How can I become a school crossing patrol?
The work can be very rewarding. It is an opportunity to serve the heart of a community. Post holders receive full training, uniform and payment during school holidays.
For more information, please see the vacancies page