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Information for schools

The Patrol is about to leave or has left. What happens next?

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 is from the Road Safety Great Britain School Crossing Patrol Guidelines.

This assessment includes a count of pedestrians and vehicles at school travel time. It is similar to the widely adopted criteria for assessing potential 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.

The Road Safety team will inform the school of the outcome of the assessment.

What happens if the site meets the criteria?

Information about the post are on our School Crossing Patrol webpage, Devon Jobs &  through Job Centres. Vacancies are also promoted via social media channels.

However, the school are requested to help with the advertising/promotion of the post.  Many Patrols come from the wider 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  through your usual communication methods e.g. newsletters note in children’s’ bags, PTA, school website, governors meeting and social media, posters and flyers in school and locally in the community.

Resources available:

  • 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 Recruitment letters to send to parents/carers and wider school community.
  • Recruitment letter when Patrol is leaving.
  • Recruitment letter when there is no Patrol (a vacant site).

How long will it take to recruit a new Patrol?

Recruitment of Patrols both in Devon and nationally can be a challenge. Generally, schools who are very pro-active in advertising the vacancy and who regularly remind the wider school community, can trigger more applicants.

What happens if the site does NOT meet the criteria?

There are other potential options for the school to consider such as Volunteer School Crossing Marshals or a Walking Bus or sharing the cost of a Patrol, if the school have identified someone, with the Council.

We wish to request a School Crossing Patrol at a new location. What do we do?

You may wish to consider a Volunteer School Crossing Marshal first.

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 for example due to the volume of vehicles please contact us.

You will need to provide the exact location of the crossing point. Applications normally come from a school. We will carry out an assessment as referred to previously.

Who can I contact to get more information and discuss further?

Tel: 01392 383000 and when prompted ask for School Crossing Patrols