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Time running out for Cold Ash school lollipopper funding

Role at St Mark's still vacant after five months

Search still on for lollipopper at Cold Ash school

THE clock is ticking to find a lollipop person to keep children safe at Cold Ash St Mark’s.

The Cold Ash Hill school was awarded funding for a lollipop person to start patrolling the road, with the aim to have someone start in September.

Both the headteacher at St Mark’s, Sue Ball, and the chairman of governors, Neil Ralph, said that the role was needed to improve safety outside the school, as there had been a number of close calls. 

Cold Ash Parish Council also supported the scheme, but, speaking at a parish council meeting last month, parish councillor Katie Cameron said that no one had come forward in five months.

And she said that the funding would run out on January 31.

Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News earlier this year, Mrs Ball said the applicant would need to be reliable, friendly and be able to start as soon as possible.

St Mark’s was one of 20 schools to receive funding out of more than 6,000 primary schools that applied.

The campaign is run by Churchill Insurance, launched alongside PTA UK and supported by Road Safety GB.

Those looking to apply should contact the school office on (01635) 862600.

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  • newsouls

    09/01/2017 - 13:01

    the job is for 30 mins in the morning and 20 mins at the end of school. It is also min wage £7.20 an hr. So it's not even an hr a day sadly. it is such a shame as so many schools in the area would benefit from this. I helped to fight to keep another lollipop person from redundancy also. Luckily we found a solution and they have been employed again. It is really hard to find someone to work under an hour a day.


  • Ihavenonickname

    07/01/2017 - 18:06

    So, what is the salary? It will probably not reflect the committment of being on duty at the start and end of every school day for such a short time! Get real people. It's the elephant in the room. Find out about the conditions of service NWN and do a proper job of finding out why this post has remained unfilled for five months!