Children and teenagers at a Sheffield school for those with learning difficulties have been given a green light to gain the skills and confidence they need to cross roads safely and enjoy more independent lives.
Seven Hills, a special school for those with complex needs, has been given a set of pedestrian crossings thanks to Amey and Imtech, two companies working to deliver the Streets Ahead project with Sheffield City Council.
The Puffin and Zebra crossings will enable students to practice crossing roads at their site on Granville Road, gaining the skills they will need to travel around the city on their own.
Headteacher Clive Rockliff said:
“It is easy to underestimate how difficult it is for some of our students to navigate the dangers of public roads but these new crossings will allow them to practice using different crossings in a safe environment, where we have a 10mph speed limit and a one way system but which nevertheless feels real.
“Throughout this project Amey and their partner Imtech have been fantastic. We explored a lot of avenues over a number of years to make this happen but then they came on board with their can-do attitude and just made it happen.”
Cllr Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young people and Families, added:
“This project has been a real example of partnership working at its best.
“We know that helping young people with disabilities to travel independently can empower them to lead independent lives.
“I cannot thank Amey and Imtech enough because this is going to make a real difference, not just to these young people but to their families as well.”
Graeme Symonds, Network Director for Streets Ahead, said:
“The Streets Ahead project is all about making Sheffield a better place to live, work and travel so we were delighted to be able to help Seven Hills School and very pleased our partners at Imtech could join us in making this happen.”
The material needed for the construction of the two crossings was provided by Amey and Imtech while the work was undertaken by employees using their community involvement days whereby they take a break from their usual work to help with a community or charity project.
The crossings will be available to other schools across Sheffield who wish to use them as a teaching aid.