Local ward councillors from Chaddesden, together with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and Neighbourhood Officers are spending this week patrolling a number of schools in Chaddesden when children are picked up and dropped off.

The intention of the patrols is assist schools, parents and carers to overcome any issues that may be affecting how they park in and around the school.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Chair of the Chaddesden Neighbourhood Board says of the patrols,

“Of course, the safety of children and young people as they enter and leave school is our primary concern.  In the past we have been able to provide Head Teachers with options to improve conditions outside their school and I am certain that we will be able to do so again.”

One example of how patrols in the area have assisted schools is at Lees Brook Secondary School where, last year, the team identified where a second exit point from school would enable school pupils to be dispersed in two ways eliminating a bottleneck.

Zoe House, Head Teacher at Lees Brook Secondary School says,

“We welcome the support we receive especially when it comes to the safety of our pupils.  It is always a busy time outside school first thing in the morning and at the end of the day.  The second exit from school has helped greatly in reducing congestion and we are thankful for the support of the team in enabling this to happen.”

The patrols will begin on Monday 12th June and will visit a number of primary schools in the area ending on Friday 16th June.