Road safety is being reviewed at Fylde’s biggest school after two students were rushed to hospital after a collision with a car.
The Air Ambulance took one 11-year-old boy to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool with head injuries, while a second boy, also aged 11, was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with leg injuries after the incident outside Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College on Tuesday, at around 2.20pm.
Headteacher Philip Wood said one boy was detained overnight in the High Dependency Unit, but is as well as can be expected and added: “We are optimistic that he will make a full recovery.”
The boy with leg injuries was allowed home from hospital later the same evening.
Now Mr Wood has vowed to press for further improvements to road safety outside the school,where an advisory 20mph limit at the beginning and end of the day has recently been introduced, as well as reviewing how students are taught about road safety.
He said: “Parents and school staff constantly remind students about the need to consider their own safety when leaving the school.
“A series of road safety talks to be delivered in assembly have recently been planned for the coming weeks and we will review how we teach students about road safety.
“The roads outside school are extremely congested and though there have been recent improvements to road safety, including the introduction of a 20mph advice notice at the beginning and end of the day, initiated by a campaign run by our Student Council, we have asked for further improvements.
“For example, we have requested the replacement of double-yellow lines with zig-zig lines or red double lines to prevent stopping.
“In September, I again wrote home to parents asking them not to park on double yellow lines because of the difficulty this causes to students when crossing the road.
“While it is not yet clear to me whether these changes would have prevented this week’s accident, the school would clearly support any measures taken to improve road safety.
“Members of staff on duty outside school were quickly on the scene and the boys were treated by the staff until the ambulance arrived.
“We are fortunate in having some members of staff who are very highly qualified and experienced in first aid and I would like to commend the way they, and the students who called for the emergency services, responded.
“I have been in contact with both boys’ parents and have convey the best wishes of everyone associated with the school for a full and speedy recovery.”
Fylde Council leader Coun David Eaves backed the call and added: “The school is the biggest in Lancashire but only has two roads leading up to it.
“The transport authorities need to take a really close look at it. There are double yellow lines, but more needs to be done.”