Road safety signs designed by schoolchildren

PCSO Sharon Wilson with pupils Jake Manock and Katie Croxford along with headteacher Michelle Dawson outside Markington Primary School. (S)

PCSO Sharon Wilson with pupils Jake Manock and Katie Croxford along with headteacher Michelle Dawson outside Markington Primary School. (S)

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TWO schoolchildren from Markington have won a competition to design road safety signs outside their school.

Jake Manock and Katie Croxford, who attend Markington Primary School, had their designs picked out by a panel of three judges, which included PCSO Sharon Wilson of Ripon police along with representatives from North Yorkshire fire and rescue service and Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership.

Headteacher Michelle Dawson said: “The children each did a brilliant design. They took a long time and care over their entries.”

Each design is now featured on railings outside the school gate and on posts nearby to warn motorists to keep their speed down and look out for pupils crossing the road.

Similar competitions have been held at three other village primary schools – Bishop Monkton, Grewelthorpe, and Kirkby Malzeard – which highlight speed issues and also the problem of parking near school gates.

Chocolate eggs were presented as prizes to the winners at each school, courtesy of Ripon Farm Services, and PCSO Wilson said she had been able to visit each of the schools thanks to the continuing loan of a vehicle from car dealership Batchelors of Ripon.