Make-believe road increases pupils’ safety

Barnham school
Barnham school

A PRETEND road has been created on Barnham Primary School’s playground.

The make-believe layout includes such recognisable features as zebra crossings, traffic lights and school crossing patrols. This enables the younger children to be shown road safety away from busy roads.

Headteacher James Everett said: “We have put this in the playground to help the children understand road systems and road safety.

“We have our own school travel plan and initiatives like this are regularly discussed through our working group – the Barnham Environmental Sustainability team. We want our children to be safe when they are out on the roads.” The markings are one of the initiatives the school has put into place to make the journey to school safer.

Families who drive are encouraged to park and stride by parking some distance from the Elm Grove school and walking the rest of the journey to reduce the traffic outside the gates.

New bollards have been installed along Elm Grove as part of the county council’s Safer Routes to School programme to make families feel more confident about walking.

Barnham’s county councillor Derek Whittington said: “As a keen cyclist and walker, I understand very well the importance of reducing unnecessary car use and promoting road safety education for young people.”