Pupils learn about road safety with support from housebuilder

Headteacher Andrew Strong and pupils from Portfield Primary Academy with reflective goodies donated by CALA Homes
Headteacher Andrew Strong and pupils from Portfield Primary Academy with reflective goodies donated by CALA Homes

A Chichester primary school has joined forces with a leading housebuilder to promote road safety.

CALA Homes has been working to raise awareness of road safety amongst pupils at Portfield Primary Academy.

Nicki Dennis, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (South Home Counties), said: “As part of our work with local communities, we were really keen to partner Portfield Primary Academy, to raise awareness of road safety amongst pupils.

““According to the Department of Transport, more than 23,000 pedestrians were injured on UK roads last year; of those, a quarter were children aged under 15.

“Many of our new homes developments are located close to schools so it makes perfect sense for us to do what we can to help pupils stay safe and seen as they walk to and from school during the winter months.

“We hope that the reflective badges and vests will reinforce the importance of children being visible to motorists and the need for drivers to watch their speed, particularly in residential areas and around schools.”

CALA has donated a ‘Be Safe Be Seen’ pack to Portfield Primary Academy.

This includes 30 high visibility vests for taking children on school outings, educational activity booklets and clip on reflective badges for all pupils to help them be seen on the journey to and from school.

Andrew Strong, headteacher at Portfield Primary Academy, said: “Road safety is such an important topic and we would like to thank CALA Homes for their kind donation.

“The vests will be really useful when taking classes on visits and the badges went down brilliantly with all the children.

“The activity booklets are a great way of getting the children engaged and thinking about potential dangers.

“The donations will help our pupils to be much more visible over the winter months, which gives parents and teachers peace of mind.

“It’s great that CALA Homes recognises the importance of road safety and is supporting us in this way to help keep children safe.”

CALA Homes’ Shopwyke Lakes offers green open spaces, footpaths, established lakes and waterways.

Facilities will include access to sports fields, a clubhouse, community centre, convenience store and children’s play areas.

In addition, there will be new pedestrian and cycle routes, with a bridge over the A27 to ensure easy and safe access to the city centre.

For more information on the homes available at Shopwyke Lakes, call 01243 928 394 or visit www.cala.co.uk.