Police to step up parking patrol after merger of schools

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POLICE will continue to patrol a Barnsley school for a second week after a change in lesson times threatened to cause disruption and parking problems.

The patrols outside Carlton Community College started last week and will continue this week as children settle in to the new term.

New headteacher David Powell has scrapped staggered start and finish times which were introduced to stop hundreds of pupils arriving at the school at the same time after the school was created from the merger of Edward Sheerien and Royston High schools.

Now all the students start at 8.30am and finish at 2.30pm.

PC Allen Dickens, of the safer schools partnership, said officers would supervise the children now there were two busy times instead of four.

“Whatever the time there will be problems until things settle down,” he said.

Meanwhile new bus services have been introduced for pupils attending a new £32 million secondary school which has opened in Barnsley this term.

Shafton Advanced Learning Centre has replaced the existing Priory School at Lundwood and Willowgarth High School, Grimethorpe.

It has 1,600 students and also offers adult learning, as well as being a community hub for social, business and cultural events.

The revamped services have been introduced by Stagecoach.

Number 436 will operate from the college to Grimethorpe’s Nancy Crescent in the afternoon only.

Services 458 and 459 will operate between the college to Kendray and Ardsley in the morning and afternoon.

Services 460, 461 and 462 will operate from Wakefield Road via Monk Bretton to Shafton in the morning and afternoon, with the 460 starting from New Lodge and the 461 from Wakefield Road.

The 462 also starts from New Lodge and serves Long Causeway.

Other changes include route 455, which has been amended to link Shafton to the college, and 456 and 457 to link it to Cudworth.

Additionally, certain journeys on services 35 (Barnsley-Hemsworth-Pontefract), 36 (Barnsley-South Elmsall) and 47 (Barnsley-Hemsworth-Upton) will now serve the new advanced learning centre.