Doncaster pupils taking on parents over school gate parking

George Stoodley, Lewis Spencer, Lucy Baker, Lucy Pashley and Caroline Flint checking for cars at the Tickhill St Mary's Primary School  school gate.
George Stoodley, Lewis Spencer, Lucy Baker, Lucy Pashley and Caroline Flint checking for cars at the Tickhill St Mary's Primary School school gate.
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PUPILS at a Doncaster primary school are going into battle with motorists whose parking they fear is putting them and their classmates in danger.

St Mary’s School, in Tickhill, has zig zag lines outside its gates which are supposed to ban people from parking there. The school has even put up a giant banner to hammer home the no-parking message.

But some are still leaving their vehicles there at the busiest times, when pupils are arriving and leaving the school, on St Mary’s Road.

Pupils have been taking registration numbers and writing to officials about the problem.

MP Caroline Flint, who has also received letters from the youngsters on the issue, visited to hear their concerns.

Headteacher Jayne Boaler said: “The pupils in Year Four were delighted that Caroline had responded to their letters and they welcomed her into school to explain their concerns about people parking on the yellow lines outside school.

“They are taking registration numbers down, putting notices in the school newsletter and writing to local councillors because they are worried that someone will be hurt.

“Caroline’s visit will raise the profile even further so that an accident doesn’t have to happen before the ‘yellow parking’ stops.”

Ms Flint chatted with the pupils to hear their concerns about parking and road safety outside their school.

She said: “It was very interesting to meet the pupils who were very clear that they worry about cars parking very close to the school when children are arriving or leaving.

“The school is clear that it is a handful of parents who ignore the zig zag lines and the No Excuses warning banner.

“Often they are parents who are running late, who think it won’t hurt to break the rules for a minute or two.

“But I wonder if they would carry on doing it if they had to hear these pupils’ concerns.

“Responsible parking is something every parent who drives has to think about.”

She added: “I hope the parents of pupils at St Mary’s are good listeners.”