School Crossing Patrols

School Crossing Patrols help children and other pedestrians cross the road safely while they are walking to and from school at a designated point/s and between specified times.

Providing a Patrol is not a statutory requirement and even where a Patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their children’s safety, just as they do when there is a zebra or a signalised crossing. The Green Cross Code in  gives advice on how pedestrians  should cross the road. The Highway Code states “Children should be taught the Code and should not be allowed out alone until they can understand and use it properly.”

Requesting a School Crossing Patrol

We do not have a duty to provide School Crossing Patrols. However, if you think there’s a particular location near the school, where the majority of children cross and find it difficult to cross and  would benefit from a Patrol please e-mail: providing the exact location.

New Site or Vacant Site Assessment

When a brand new site is requested or an existing site becomes vacant  e.g. a Patrol resigns, an assessment is carried out by the Road Safety team to determine if it meets the nationally agreed criteria for a Devon County Council funded Patrol. This criteria and assessment is from the Road Safety Great Britain School Crossing Patrol Guidelines.

This assessment includes a count of pedestrians and vehicles at school travel time and incorporates elements from the existing proven and widely adopted criteria for assessing potential formal crossing points such as zebra crossings, pelican and puffin crossings. The criteria uses the PV2 formula as its basis (P =Number of Pedestrians, V= Number of Vehicles) in the busiest consecutive 30 minute period at school travel time. The total of child pedestrians (P) is multiplied it with the square of the total number of vehicles to provide the PV2 score. If a PV2 of greater than 4 million is achieved, the site assessment can progress to the next stage. The assessment also includes a review of collision data, traffic speed, infrastructure, signing & engagement with the school.

Should the site be viable and meet the criteria for a Council funded Patrol it will not be established until  necessary safety measures are in place and a suitable person is employed to work as a Patrol. The school are requested to help with the advertising of the post using the free resources available.

If the site (new site or existing site but now vacant) does not meet the nationally agreed criteria and a Devon County Council funded Patrol cannot therefore be deployed there are other options for the school and wider school community:

  • The School shares the funding of providing a Patrol with the Council, assuming a potential Patrol has been identified by the School and infrastructure is in place
  • Marshals – volunteer helpers recruited and ’employed’ by the school to help children crossing the road.
  • Walking Bus

To discuss any of these options please e-mail:

If this is an existing and now vacant site and the school do not wish to pursue these options the site will be considered for disestablishment (removal).



Could you be a local hero?

We have vacancies for School Crossing Patrols at various schools across Devon. (Scroll down)

  • Rate of pay is £9 per hour. Patrols are paid 38 weeks for term time and also an element of annual leave, bank holidays and a half pay “retainer” for the school holidays. The salary which is due per annum is paid in 12 equal monthly instalments
  • Patrols work approx. 5-6 hours per week during the school term, 30 mins in the morning and 30 mins in the afternoon.
  • Uniform, full training and ongoing support is provided.
  • Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service is required, which we will pay for.
  • A medical assessment is required prior to appointment and regular assessments must be undertaken thereafter.

Job description, person specification and an application form are available here. If you require a paper copy please telephone our Human Resources(HR) team on Tel: 01392 383000 and ask for ‘Recruitment’ or email

For an informal discussion about these vacancies please Tel: 01392 383000 and when prompted ask for Colin Savage or email:


Many of our Patrols come from the school community e.g. mealtime assistants, school cleaners, teaching assistants, parents, grandparents, governors, or local residents.  Please advertise the  School Crossing Patrol vacancies using our free recruitment resources listed below through your usual communication methods e.g.  newsletters, note in childrens’ bags, PTA, school website, governors meeting and social media, posters and flyers in school and locally in the community.

Email to request the free promotional resources:

  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Could you be a Local Hero? recruitment film
  • Banner. 200cm wide x 50cm high for schools to fix in a suitable location outside the school.
  • Template letter to send to parents/carers

Current School Crossing Patrol vacancies*

  • DCC site no. 001 Axminster, Lyme Road
  • DCC site no. 006 Exeter School, Magdalen Road Zebra Crossing, Exeter (monitoring)
  • DCC site no. 008 St Michaels /Ladysmith, Hamlin Lane, junction of Hanover Road. Exeter.
  • DCC site no. 012  Redhills, Exeter
  • DCC site no. 023 Willowbrook Primary School, Exeter
  • DCC site no. 027 Brixington, Exmouth (monitoring)
  • DCC site no. 029 Marpool  Primary, Moorfield Rd, Exmouth (monitoring)
  • DCC site no. 031  Marpool Primary, Bradham Lane, Exmouth (afternoon shift)
  • DCC site no. 035 Withycombe Raleigh/Marpool/Community College, Pound Lane, Exmouth
  • DCC site no. 043  Sidmouth Primary School, Vicarage Rd.
  • DCC site no. 048 Two Moors Primary, o/s pedestrian entrance, Cowley Moor Road, Tiverton.
  • DCC site no. 050 Bovey Tracey Primary
  • DCC site no. 052 Dartington C of E Primary, Dartington
  • DCC site no. 055 Exminster, Main Road, outside the school
  • DCC site no. 057  The Erme/Ivybridge CC, Ivybridge, Harford Rd (east of bridge)
  • DCC site no. 058 The Erme /Ivybridge CC, Ivybridge(Station Rd/Blachford Rd)Monitoring
  • DCC site no. 062 All Saint’s (Marsh), Newton Abbot
  • DCC site no. 069  Tavistock Community Primary / Tavistock College, Tavistock
  • DCC site no. 071  Hazeldown School, Higher Exeter Rd, Teignmouth
  • DCC site no.072   Hazeldown School, New Road, Teignmouth
  • DCC site no. 075  Whitchurch, Tavistock (monitoring)
  • DCC site no. 077   Newport Community School Primary Academy, Barnstaple
  • DCC site no. 080  Yeo Valley Primary / Ashleigh C of E Primary, Bear St, Barnstaple (monitoring)
  • DCC site no. 081   Yeo Valley Primary, Derby Road, Barnstaple (monitoring)
  • DCC site no. 099   Barnstaple St, South Molton (monitoring)
  • DCC site no. 207   Horrabridge. Morning only (school funded)
  • DCC site no.209   Kingsacre, Braunton (School funded)
  • DCC site no. 212   Colyford, (A3052 Colyton Grammar)

*Please note:

These vacancies may be subject to change and not all locations may be available at the time of your application. Vacancies at other locations may become available in the future so please contact us to register your interest.