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Joy at Gosberton Academy as a new "lollipop lady" starts work




Gosberton Academy has a new “lollipop lady” after losing their previous school crossing patrol a year ago.

Mum of three Kirsty Perras has been welcomed to her new role by staff, parents and pupils.

The school is on High Street - on the A152 route from Spalding to Grantham - and the road is busy with thousands of lorries and cars passing through as well as vehicles shuttling between Gosberton, Donington and Quadring.

School crossing patrol Kirsty Perras has been welcomed by Gosberton Academy's staff, parents and pupils.
School crossing patrol Kirsty Perras has been welcomed by Gosberton Academy's staff, parents and pupils.

Kirsty applied for the role because two of her children attend the academy and she is keen to safeguard them and all the other children.

She said: “There’s been a lot of incidents with drivers not stopping for kids to go past.”

The mum is settling well into the role.

Kirsty Perras is the new "lollipop lady" at Gosberton Academy.
Kirsty Perras is the new "lollipop lady" at Gosberton Academy.

Kirsty said: “I quite enjoy it ... talking to the little ones and seeing how excited they are to say ‘hello’ in the morning.”

Kirsty moved from Gosberton to Spalding three years ago but decided her children’s education should continue in the village.

“It’s a lovely school and my kids really enjoy being there,” she said.

Head of academy Tom Baxter said Kirsty’s appointment was a positive step towards improving safety.

He said: “It’s obviously a lot better.and it’s been really positive so far. We have got someone to help children across the road and parents are happier.”

Dad Alan Austen said: “It’s brilliant. It makes it a lot easier for the kids to get across the road - especially when they are a bit older and start doing it on their own.”

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership road safety officer Kay Taman said: “The school had been without a patrol for a year and it’s good to have somebody back in that post on that busy stretch of road.”



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