School crossing officer celebrates ruby work anniversary

The longest serving School Crossing Patroller (SCP) in the eastern region, celebrates 40 years of service this month.

Mrs Carole Hays, 76, works outside Priory Park Juniors, Priory Park Infants and Longsands Academy, helping pupils and parents cross the road safely.

Over the past 40 years she has helped approximately 1.2million children cross the road, and is passionate to continue working as a SCP for as long as possible.

You can watch a short video of her in action and how she helps the community here:

School Crossing Patrollers, supported by Cambridgeshire County Council, can legally stop traffic to help any pedestrian cross the road safely. Currently there are over 35 School Crossing Patrollers in Cambridgeshire at 36 school sites.

Mrs Hays said: “I am very happy in my role, the children and parents are really nice and I get on well with them.

“My husband was part of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the time when this vacancy came up, he’s the one who encouraged me to go for this role – and I’m really glad I did now.

“Sometimes I meet people in town, who I used to help cross the road, it’s nice to see familiar faces.”

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Executive Director for Place and Economy, Graham Hughes said: “On behalf of the County Council we’d like to extend our congratulations to Mrs Hays for her 40 years’ service – it’s an amazing achievement.

“Mrs Hays is an important member of the local community and the work she does to help parents and children cross the road safely, come rain, wind, snow, or sunshine should be applauded.

“She always has a smile on her face and is well thought of by the local community, we wish her all the best for the future.”

To celebrate this milestone a presentation ceremony was held at Priory Junior School on Monday 18 March for Mrs Hays.

If you are interested in becoming a School Crossing Patroller please get in contact with the team via email [email protected].

Mrs Hayes being presented her award at a special ceremony held at Priory Junior School. (Left to Right: Tracy Keefe (Headteacher at Priory Junior School), Mrs Hayes (School Crossing Patroller), Graham Hughes ( Executive Director for Place and Economy)


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