21st Oct, 2016

Road safety gets green light after lottery windfall

Evesham Editorial 4th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

YOUNGSTERS at a Vale school are set to learn the importance of road safety in a unique way after its bid for lottery funding was given the thumbs up.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Evesham can now create a special outdoor space dedicated to teaching its pupils the do’s and don’ts when out near the roads after it was given more than £4,300 by the Big Lottery Fund.

The scheme aims to improve children’s road safety awareness in a fun outdoors environment with the outdoor space enabling them to learn new skills and will feature junctions and roundabouts.

Headteacher Jacqueline Smith said: “It’s really exciting to be given such a great amount of money and we are thrilled with the news.

“Because we are based on the High Street, which is usually very busy, we feel road safety lessons are very important for our pupils. The new area will just provide a dedicated space where they can learn the skills in a new and fun way.

“I would like to thank Vicky Robinson, the chairman of our PTFA group, who has worked so hard in our bid for Lottery funding.

The whole process can be quite challenging and she’s done a great job.”

The outdoor space will be fully installed next month.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School was not the only school in the Vale to benefit from Lottery funding as Defford-cum-Besford First School was awarded £10,000 to create a meeting room and kitchen area for community groups and organisations to use.