Parkfield Primary School in Hendon, North London, has been presented with the 2017 ‘Transport Awareness & Road Safety Award for their no-frills, guns blazing, approach to traffic problems around the local area.
Since 2015 Parkfield has been leading the charge, together with the police, to make roads around the school, and overall travel to school safer for parents and students.
Their hard work boasts some impressive figures, with 71% of families’ now walking/taking public transport to school.
“Being in a busy borough of London, traffic is a real problem. We only recently managed to persuade the council to place a crossing outside school, until then students had to try and cross a busy main road with no crossing!” explained Leila Harris, the project’s manager within the school.
Leila went on to describe the various parts of the project, including curriculum-based police walks around the area, assemblies/workshops surrounding road safety messages (to which parents are also invited) as well as competitions to promote ‘be bright, be seen’.
The school was presented with the community education award early in July, at a ceremony attended by parents, governors, staff and students. During which selected students of the school acted out a play to re-iterate the point behind the entire project: the main character saw a lot more, had a more healthy, and enjoyable experience walking to school than she did being stuck in traffic... it wasn’t at least in the bit to do with the ice cream truck she stopped at!
Kelly Griffiths the Awards Organiser described that Parkfield was chosen as the winner down to the entire project focus being at the core of school life, whether it be assemblies, general lessons or playtime, students are always learning more and sharing more about road safety and the environment.