‘Lives in danger’ outside Swaffham school, parents are warned

Mangate Street, Swaffham, the scene near the Sacred Heart School following an accident on Monday ANL-150403-204118009
Mangate Street, Swaffham, the scene near the Sacred Heart School following an accident on Monday ANL-150403-204118009
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Lives are at risk if parents drop their children off at the front of a Swaffham school near where a girl was seriously injured earlier this month, its leaders have claimed.

The stark warning was delivered in a newsletter from the Sacred Heart School last Friday, less than three weeks after a crash in which a two-year-old girl was hurt.

Although the girl is understood to be back at home, the school has sought to stop most parents from going to the front of the site to bring their children to lessons.

In the aftermath of the crash, school leaders said regular reminders were given to bring pupils to the rear entrance to the site instead.

But the letter said: “Some parents are continuing to drop off at the front of the school despite our request that this no longer happens.

“We must insist that no one, unless displaying a disabled sticker, is dropped off at the front of the school during the hours of 8.20am and 4.30pm as to do so will endanger the life of a child.

“We respectfully request this and know we will have your full support in making this decision.”

Although school leaders pledged to lobby both county roads officials and the police for improved safety measures, Norfolk County Council indicated the site was a low priority, because of a previously good collision record with no incidents recorded there in the previous six years.