Pupils design new road signs during highways safety project

St Mary's School, Bicester, pupils with their winning designs during visit by Skanska.
St Mary's School, Bicester, pupils with their winning designs during visit by Skanska.

Pupils at St Mary’s Primary School in Bicester took part in a safety project with Skanska’s highways team, who work on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council.

The team visited the school as part of the company’s Injury-Free Environment (IFE) initiative and the day was rounded off with the launch of a school competition to design a new road sign.

Mark Kemp, deputy director for commercial and delivery at Oxfordshire County Council, and Karen McDonald, quality manager for Skanska, attended a school assembly to present prizes to the competition winners, which was judged across four different age groups.

Mr Kemp said: “I would like to thank the school for participating in this safety event. All the children have been very enthusiastic and willing to learn about road safety. Well done to the winners.

“Raising awareness of the dangers when they are travelling through road works is extremely important and prevents accidents from happening.”

The six winners, aged between 5 and 11, were introduced to members of Skanska’s highways team - Richard Boss, Steve Lewis and Mark Cheeseman.

Karen McDonald said: “The children took great delight in discussing the designs of their signs with the highways team and asked lots of questions about how we fix potholes and the highway response vehicle, which we brought with us.

“The team was amazed by their interest in what materials and equipment were used and were only too happy to show them around the vehicle and explain how it works.”

Miss Pickering, head teacher at St Mary’s, stressed how valuable it was for the children to be aware of safety on the roads and at road works. She said: “I would like to thank everybody involved in organising this event and making the day so special for the children. We have learnt how important it is to be vigilant through road works to keep ourselves and the road workers safe.”

At the end of the day, Miss Pickering was presented with a book containing photographs of the event.