Keeping kids safe for 10 years


A school has celebrated its 10th year running a children’s road safety course.

Parent volunteers at Pound Hill Infant School have helped teaching assistant Trina Cloutman run the Urban Footsteps course for 90 five to six-year-olds each year.

With Trina about to step down from her role, her work has been praised by West Sussex County Council, which funds the programme.

Urban Footstep co-ordinator Pauline Clare said: “This is a great achievement.

“Pound Hill Infant School is the only school in West Sussex that has continued to run the scheme over so many years with so many children completing their training.”

Pauline said Trina had worked ‘tirelessly’ over the last 10 years as she guided pupils through the process of risk-assessing roads near the school in Crawley Lane, Pound Hill during the summer term.

Trina, who will be stepping down at the end of the school year, was helped by 10 parent volunteers to deliver the programme each year.

She will be replaced by Mel Botting.

Pauline said: “Trina has helped deliver practical road safety education to almost a thousand children in Crawley.

“We would like to thank her for all her hard work and wish her well as she is moving on at the end of the summer.

“However, we look forward to working together with Mel Botting who replaces Trina, and hope that Urban Footsteps continues to run for many more years to provide vital Road Safety education to Keystage one children.”

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