Collision sparks safety drive at Sheffield school

Mundella Primary School assistant head Kate Cosgrove and Pollice Community Support Officer Siobhan Drury are pictured at the pedestrian crossing outside the school.
Mundella Primary School assistant head Kate Cosgrove and Pollice Community Support Officer Siobhan Drury are pictured at the pedestrian crossing outside the school.
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Police officers and teachers are drilling home the road safety message at a Sheffield school after a youngster was hit by a car.

Mundella Primary School, Mundella Place, Norton, has stepped up its efforts after a 10-year-old Year Five pupil was involved in a collision.

An ambulance was called to the scene, but the child was not badly hurt.

The accident happened shortly after youngsters returned to the school after the summer holidays.

The school has worked with South Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s It’s Your Child campaign on measures to improve safety.

Zig-zag lines have been repainted in recent weeks and staff have also called on parents to do their bit to ease traffic around the school by parking further away from the entrance and walking their children in.

While the boy suffered only shock in the crash, it has been used as a chance to highlight the importance of road safety outside Sheffield’s schools.

Kate Cosgrove, assistant headteacher, said: “The boy ran out in the road, so we’re working to ensure we educate all children about when it is safe to cross the road.

“We have a crossing patrol which should be used.

“We are also asking parents to use car parks or park further away where possible.

“Our pupil was absolutely fine, but we were very lucky.”

Police community support officer Siobhan Drury and the road safety partnership have carried out a number of visits to the school since the collision.

Pupils have joined officers on patrol and handed leaflets to motorists to reduce the risks on the school run.

PCSO Drury said: “The boy was not hurt, but we don’t want this to happen again. That’s why it’s important to do as much as we can to educate and raise awareness.”