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.

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, would benefit from a Patrol please e-mail: providing the exact location.

Site Assessment

Most Local Authorities, including Devon County Council, use the nationally agreed criteria from the Road Safety Great Britain School Crossing Patrol Guidelines when assessing the potential for a new or reviewing an existing vacant School Crossing Patrol site.

This incorporates elements from the existing proven and widely adopted criteria for assessing potential zebra and pelican crossing sites. 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 can be justified. A site will not be established until a suitable person can be recruited and trained to fill the post.

If the site does not meet the criteria for a Council funded Patrol there can be the option for the school or wider school community to share the funding with the Council.

There are alternatives such as a Walking Bus or school using their own staff or recruiting parents as ‘marshals’ – guiding and supporting children crossing the road; whilst they do not have the legal authority to stop traffic their presence, enhanced for example by high visibility waistcoats and the volume of children and parents crossing, often achieves the desired effect.



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 promote the  School Crossing Patrol vacancies using our free recruitment resources listed below through your usual communication methods e.g. ParentMail, newsletters, note in childrens’ bags, PTA, school website and social media, posters and flyers in school and locally in the community.

  • Poster
  • Flyer
  • “Could you be a Local Hero?” recruitment films – 30 second version, 90 second version and 90 second subtitled version. Subtitled version could be played on a TV in the school reception area. If you require copies of the actual films please email
  • Banner. We can supply a banner (200cm wide x 50cm high approx.) for schools to fix in a suitable location outside the school.
  • We encourage school communities to also provide  a volunteer, to be trained to be a School Crossing Patrol to cover periods of absence.

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. 018 Stoke Hill roundabout, 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. 036  Withycombe Raleigh, Withycombe Village Road, 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.

Vacant sites

When a SCP site becomes vacant, e.g. a Patrol resigns, a site review is carried out similar to the assessment for at a potential new site (see ‘Site Assessment’ above).  This  includes a count of pedestrians and vehicles at school travel time and  a review of collision data, traffic speed, infrastructure, signing & engagement with the school. Should the site meet the criteria for a Council funded Patrol the Council will normally start the recruitment process and the school are requested to help with the advertising of the post using the free resources available.

If the site does not meet then nationally agrred criteria for a Council funded Patrol there can be the option for the school or wider school community to share the funding with the Council. Should the school not wish to pursue this option the site will be considered for  disestablishment (removal).