Northamptonshire: road safety focus for schools’ competition

08.10 | 11 July 2018 |

Schools in Northamptonshire have been developing strategies to keep young road users safe, as part of an annual competition.

The Northamptonshire County Schools Challenge, a collaboration between a number of regional road safety partners, asks schools to come up with social enterprise ideas under the theme of road safety.

A total of 23 schools participated, identifying reasons why 12 to 16-year-olds were vulnerable road users and coming up with strategies to keep them safe.

At the final on 9 July, eight schools presented their ideas to a Dragons’ Den style panel of judges – including representatives from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Highways.

The winning idea, by Southfield School in Kettering, was a community graffiti road art project for young people, to help spread road safety messages.

As well as receiving vouchers and goody bags, the winning team will be given support to help make their idea become a reality.

The runner-up in the competition was Isebrook SEN College in Kettering and third place was awarded to Corby Business Academy.

Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner, said: “It was extremely difficult to choose a winner as there were so many fantastic ideas.

“I love the passion and commitment of the children and look forward to seeing them take their ideas forward.”


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