IT’S A tactic of frustrated parents to tell their children to look at the mess they’ve made – but now the roles are being reversed.
Pupils from Ballifield Primary School in Handsworth, Sheffield, have given mums and dads a telling off for parking irresponsibly.
Grass verges outside the entrance had been churned up by the wheels of careless motorists choosing to park there when they drop their children off at school.
And the School Council – made up of representatives from every year – got so fed up they asked Sheffield Council for special permission to revamp the green spaces themselves.
Headteacher Sheila Haigh said: “The school suffers from exactly the same difficulties as others across Sheffield - parents parking inconsiderately around the neighbourhood and we sympathise with nearby residents.
“It’s hard for schools because nothing is enforceable. Police and traffic officers come out, but the drivers just carry on doing it. Nothing seems to work.
“It’s the School Council who felt strongly and wanted to act.
“Their idea is to put the grass verges back to their original state themselves and then if their parents mess them up again it will trigger their conscience.
“The children will be able to say, ‘Look what you’ve done to our work’. I couldn’t believe it when they came up with the idea, I thought it was brilliant.”
Teacher Sally Diskin, who oversees the School Council, got the pupils to write to Sheffield Council’s highways department.
The letter read, ‘We would like to apologise to local residents on behalf of some of the parents and carers – we are embarrassed by their inconsiderate parking.
“We are going to try to improve the damage that has been made.”
Ballifield Primary is the latest to show its support to South Yorkshire Police’s It’s Your Child campaign, backed by The Star, which aims to improve road safety problems outside schools.