School crossing patrols

School crossing patrols provide a vital service to all pedestrians, and young people in particular, on their journey to and from schools


School crossing patrols were created in 1953 to help children walking to and from school. Since then they have become a familiar and integral part of the journey to school for many children.

Patrols have a legal power to stop traffic to cross any pedestrian, adult or child, and failing to stop for a patrol is a criminal offence. Whilst traffic has increased enormously since the 1950s the role of the school crossing patrol is virtually the same.

Today’s crossing patrols are better equipped to carry out the job than ever before with high quality uniform to protect them from the weather and help them be seen by drivers. They are not only trained to work on the crossing point but also in dealing with the issues they are likely to come across when working in a front line service on the highway.


How do we decide where to put a school crossing patrol point?

We undertake a site survey using a set of criteria developed by the Local Authority Road Safety Officer's Association (Road Safety GB) specifically for this purpose. This involves the number of children wanting to cross the road, the amount of traffic passing and a number of other things about the road and area around the site.

However, it is important to remember that whilst Doncaster Council are committed to providing wardens on sites that meet criteria it remains responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure their children arrive to school safely.

For more information about crossing points and or to request a survey please contact the service on 01302 737086.

How can I find out more details about becoming a school crossing patrol?

Working as a school crossing patrol can be very rewarding. It is an opportunity to serve the heart of a community. Post holders receive full training, uniform and payment during school holidays. However the working days and times are very structured and not flexible so before applying please consider the commitment required for the role.

We currently require permanent wardens at the following locations:

Bawtry x 2 




Hatfield Woodhouse

Kirk Sandall



Casual school crossing patrols are also required to provide cover for employees who are absent through illness or other unforeseen circumstances. We need these in all areas of the Borough. 

For an informal chat about becoming a School crossing patrol or to request an application form please call us on 01302 737086.


Are all drivers legally required to stop for a School Crossing Patrol?

It is an offence for a driver to fail to stop for a School Crossing Patrol wearing the official uniform and displaying the STOP sign. It is also an offence for a driver to move off whilst the patrol is still in the road.

Failure to comply could result in a fine up to £1,000 and 3 points on your licence.

Last updated: 27 June 2019 08:57:32