School crossing patrols

Our school crossing patrols safely escort school children across 'manned crossings' throughout York - we provide this service as a matter of road safety (although we're not required to by law, under the Road Traffic Act 1984).

Advice for using school crossings

Even where a school crossing exists, parents and carers are responsible for:

  • ensuring their children's safety on the journey to and from school
  • collecting children at the end of the school day

Advice for drivers at school crossings

When you are driving near a school crossing

  • be courteous and patient
  • slow down if you see flashing warning lights near a school
  • be aware of your responsibilities as a driver - further information can be found in the Highway Code

Become a school crossing patrol

If you can spare up to 10 hours per week during school term time, enjoy being outside in all weathers and helping your local community, you could apply to become a 'school crossing patrol'. Full uniform and training is provided.

For an informal discussion about opportunities contact our school crossing patrol coordinator.

Applicants must:

  • be in good health
  • be able to work in all weather conditions
  • be able to communicate well
  • have a general knowledge of the Highway Code
  • undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service DBS check

School crossing patrols work between 8 and 10 hours a week, between 45 and 60 minutes each day, during term time only.

Alternatively, you can apply to be a 'school crossing relief' to cover the duties of an existing school crossing patrol if they are not able to work for any reason.

Pay is £7.85 per hour (grade 3) with a retention during school holidays.

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