Could you volunteer as a School Street marshal?

Three schools in east Reading are appealing for volunteers to come forward to support the Crescent Road School Street, after its planned introduction was postponed due to a lack of volunteer marshals.

Working in partnership, Maiden Erlegh School, UTC Reading and Alfred Sutton Primary School, alongside local residents living in the vicinity of Crescent Road between Wokingham Road and Bulmershe Road, are set to benefit from the creation of Reading’s fourth School Street.

The running of school streets in the borough is both led and organised by schools themselves, with support and guidance provided by the Council.

No experience is necessary to be a marshal and full training will be provided. Marshals can sign up for as many shifts as they want – even signing up for just one shift will make a difference. The School Streets operate during term time only. The Crescent Road School Street once started will operate between 8.15 to 9.00 am and 2.45 to 3.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

The following schools are also looking for more marshals to help support School Streets: Park Lane Junior School, Wilson Primary and Thameside Primary.

Further applications are very welcome and information on Reading’s School Streets can be found on the Council’s dedicated School Streets web page.

School Streets create a safer and healthier environment for everyone, including local residents. The initiative is part of the Council’s wider ambitions for encouraging more active travel, such as cycling and walking, and as a result support better physical and mental health, lower carbon generation and improved air quality. Here is Justine, a School Street Marshal at Thameside Primary School, talking about the many benefits she gets from volunteering at her daughter’s school.