Road safety call after pupil hit by car outside All Saints' Academy
URGENT calls have been made to improve safety at a Cheltenham road after a schoolboy was knocked down by a car.
Community leaders say is wrong to have a bus stop next to the busy junction of Welch Road and Howell Road, near All Saints’ Academy, where the 11-year-old was hit last week.
He was struck by a Lexus moments after he had got off the school bus. He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and despite nasty leg injures, is understood to be recovering well.
The incident has prompted calls for the layout of the road to be changed – with the bus stop moved away from the busy junction.
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Peter Kingham, head teacher at All Saints’ Academy, said: “That is something we are going to look at.
“The road is a very busy route into school which is used by many of our pupils.
“It may well be that we can have a look at getting the layout changed to make it safer.
“It’s something that has been talked about and we are going to contact Gloucestershire Highways to discuss it.
“We have been here as a school for two years now, and it’s only once you have been here a while where you can start to see potential infrastructure problems which may arise.
“Obviously the safety of our pupils is of paramount importance and if by changing the road we can make it safer, then it is something we should do.”
Mr Kingham, who only last week announced he was stepping down as head teacher at the academy, was praised for the way he handled the incident, which took place last Wednesday morning.
The boy’s parents were contacted and a taxi sent to take them to the hospital to be at his side whilst pupils were read a prayer via the school’s internal loudspeaker system.
The youngster was expected to be able to return home over the weekend following an operation on his legs but is not expected back at school until after half term.
Mr Kingham’s call to look at changing the road layout has been backed by residents in the area.
Councillor Suzanne Williams (LD, Hester's Way & Springbank) said she had already been in touch with Gloucestershire Highways calling for the issue to be addressed.
“It’s a problem are and it’s something that needs to be looked at as a matter of urgency,” she said.
“As the school’s capacity has built up you’ve got more and more pupils there and so it has become more dangerous with the buses passing by.
“There are greens on either side of the road so I don’t know why we can’t cut into them and get the buses to pull in, allowing a bit more space.
“But something needs to happen before there is another accident. We will be having an on site meeting with police and Gloucestershire Highways as soon as possible.”