Finally we now have our very own crossing lady. Melanie has passed her recruitment training with flying colours and will be on duty every morning from 8.45 am to 9.15 am and at the end of each school day from 2.50 pm to 3.20 pm. We are the very first school in Barnsley to employ our own crossing lady. Once again, Heather Garth leads the field!
Crossing patrol staff are usually paid for by the Local Authority Highways Department. After Mary retired, Heather Garth did not meet the criteria required by Barnsley Highways to warrant a replacement crossing patrol. It has taken school three long years of negotiation to be able to use our school budget to employ our own crossing patrol. As part of the negotiation, the school also pays Barnsley Highways to provide training and uniform for our crossing patrol.
Most of you will be aware that for the school to employ its own school crossing patrol it has been a very long drawn out process and we would like to thank everybody who has been involved. This includes all parents who have signed petitions, contacted BMBC and who have tried to keep our children safe at the start and end of the school day by standing on the pavements where our children cross the main road. Also, a special thank-you to Cllr Charlotte Johnson for being so passionate and helping us to make this possible.