Seeing clearly: South Yorkshire homebuilder helps pupils stay safe on foot

Pupils at Serlby Park Academy near Doncaster have received a donation of hi-vis kit bags from Barratt Homes to help them shine bright during Road Safety Week. The South Yorkshire housebuilder has given the school 35 of the kit bags for their pupils to wear whilst walking to and from school, in order to ensure […]
Seeing clearly: South Yorkshire homebuilder helps pupils stay safe on foot

Nov 30, 2023

Pupils at Serlby Park Academy near Doncaster have received a donation of hi-vis kit bags from Barratt Homes to help them shine bright during Road Safety Week.

The South Yorkshire housebuilder has given the school 35 of the kit bags for their pupils to wear whilst walking to and from school, in order to ensure they can be easily seen on the roads as the darker nights draw in.

Led by Brake, Road Safety Week takes place from 19th to 25th November and inspires thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the week and beyond.

Louise Ridge, Head at Serlby Park Primary Academy, said: “’It’s so incredibly important to teach children road safety and an awareness of how they can protect themselves and others.  We’d like to thank Barrat Homes for their very kind donation of the hi-vis kit bags. These will definitely make a difference to our children, helping them to stay visible during the autumn months.”

Findings from the Department for Transport, following the National Travel Survey, identified that 49% of children between the ages of five and 10-years-old walked to school in 2022.

The donation from the homebuilder, based close to the school at its Lancaster Gardens development, was designed to encourage pupils to stay active whilst making certain they remained visible during the darker nights and mornings.

The theme for this year’s Road Safety Week campaign is ‘Let’s Talk About Speed’, which will start the conversation about why speeding is thought of as acceptable in some situations, what happens when people speed and why reducing speed saves lives.

As highlighted by Brake, five people die on roads every day, so making sure school children can safely walk to and from school is a priority for Barratt Homes.

Gary Chambers, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Sheffield, said: “Now the darker nights are here, we want to ensure local pupils are safe and seen on their route to and from school.

“Road Safety Week is a campaign we support each year as we endeavour to help pupils in their efforts to walk to school, and the hi-vis kit bags will hopefully allow the children at Serlby Park Academy to do just that.”

Barratt Homes’ hi-vis kit bags will be particularly useful during Road Safety Week, whilst being certain to benefit the pupils in their future journeys to school throughout the winter months.

Lancaster Gardens is hosting a First-Time Buyers’ event on Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December. Craig Smith from The New Homes Mortgage Helpline will be there to talk all things Mortgages and how Barratt Homes can help buyers step on the property ladder. For more information about any nearby housing developments, visit the website at Barratt Homes in South Yorkshire.

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