Parents and Teachers at Dropmore Infant school are living in fear every day at drop off and collection time as speeding vehicles and angry motorists put the safety of the school’s pupils at risk.
The 200-year-old school is situated on a road used as a busy commuter cut through to the M40. But with a lack of proper pavements around the school, and no crossing point, parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of their children.
In a bid to improve the road safety around the school, the school applied for funding from the local Community Board to carry out a feasibility study of the area – to determine what improvements could be made to address the lack of pavements and a safe crossing option, improvements that would also benefit the Montessori nursery, St Anne’s church visitors and the local community. But despite meeting all the criteria for funding, the application was rejected.
Now, the school has no option but to try to raise the £7,000 themselves. So far, the children have already raised £4,000 through a sponsored walk/run/cycle/swim. And the school’s PTA are hoping to draw light to their battle, with their Christmas lights fundraising event.
On Friday 26th November the school’s headteacher, Mrs Streete, will turn on the lights of the school’s 9ft Christmas tree, and parents and children will be invited to join in with fundraising activities – including a Lantern design competition and carol singing.
The school is hoping that if the funds are raised for the study, much needed speed awareness signs will be implemented near to the school.