Archbishop Sancroft High School pupils Emily Sleightholme, Issac Byram (centre) and James Kingshott check for speeding motorists with assistant headteacher Rob Connelly and PC Colin Savage outside the school in Harleston. Photograph Simon Parker

Police and pupils target speeding drivers in Harleston

Friday, November 23, 2012
6.02 PM

Police and pupils at a south Norfolk high school have joined forces to stop motorists speeding past the school.

Members of the lower school council and police traffic officers were outside Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston today armed with speed guns to encourage drivers to slow down along Wilderness Lane.

Youngsters were on a rota system throughout the day, from 8.50am to 3.20pm, using the guns to log the speed of passing cars and lorries, with officers speaking to any offenders.

PC Colin Savage, of roads policing, said: “There have been problems in the past with speeding outside the school and this is an exercise in awareness-raising – educating drivers to be aware of other road users, especially near schools and not just at the start and end of the school day but at all times.

“My advice to drivers is: if you are going past a school and the limit is 30mph, drive at no more than 20mph – it won’t add much to your journey time but it might save a child from death or serious injury.”

Kate Nichols, the school’s link officer, said: “Creative and Media students ran a campaign for their diploma to see if Wilderness Lane was a safe place and to see if the road needed a crossing.

“Everyone in school who completed the questionnaire (staff and students) said they were concerned about the speed of the traffic and wanted some form of help, such as speed bumps, a zebra or pelican crossing or a lollipop lady. This resulted in the school council taking the project further and asking for the help of the town council and local police. And that’s where we are today, running a speed campaign to see if the road is really safe.

“We are really grateful for all the support PC Tim Tyler has given the school on this project.”

Assistant headteacher Rob Connelly said: “We are really pleased to be involved in this initiative and to increase awareness of road safety in the community. Our road safety project reinforces our ongoing positive relationships with our local police, council and other stakeholders.

“Our Creative and Media students and school council have been actively supporting road safety over the past 12 months and we now look forward to developing a greater awareness and improving overall road safety for our students.”