Video: North Suffolk schools strike gold at road safety awards
09:20 16 July 2014
Pupils from 19 north Suffolk primary schools were among those presented with awards at Suffolk County Council’s Junior Road Safety Officer Scheme awards ceremony.
Forty-six schools across Suffolk attended the awards at the council’s headquarters in Ipswich, where pupils were given the chance to sit in the seats normally reserved for councilors and discuss concerns and ideas about road safety.
Pupils were presented with gold, silver and bronze awards for the quality and content of their safety schemes and highlights included three pupils from Brampton Primary School near Beccles, who wrote and performed a road safety inspired song, along with pupils from St Peter and St Paul’s School in Eye who have made a significant change to parking congestion outside their school.
Vicky Allen, headteacher of Brampton Primary School, which won a gold award, said: “We were extremely proud of the children. The song went down really well and the children did much more than was expected of them.”
The scheme gives children aged nine to 11 the opportunity to act as a voice to their whole school community and come up with ideas on how to improve safety in and around their school. The schools from north Suffolk who won a gold award were Barnby and North Cove Primary; Brampton Primary; Crowfoot Primary, in Beccles; Dell Primary, Elm Tree Primary, Poplars Primary and Roman Hill Primary, all in Lowestoft; St Peter and St Paul’s Primary; Stradbroke Primary and Wenhaston Primary. Meanwhile, Corton Primary; Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary, in Debenham; Gislingham Primary; Mellis Primary and Ringsfield Primary, won silver awards. Fen Park Primary, in Lowestoft; Occold Primary; Albert Pye Primary, in Beccles, and Thorndon Primary, all won bronze awards. Mary Evans, assistant cabinet member for roads, planning and transport, said: “The Junior Road Safety Officer Scheme raises awareness among young people about road safety and helps contribute towards casualty reduction in the county. The scheme gives pupils a voice on issues affecting them, their school and their local community.”
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