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Thinking about becoming a School Crossing Patroller?

Come and join our team where we have challenging and rewarding work available in all areas across the City! There are multiple permament vacancies for school crossing patrollers in Aberdeen.

SCPs are well respected members of the communities in which they serve and are seen as vital by the parents of our school pupils. They help children (and anyone else who might be crossing!) get to school and across the road safely. It's really important our SCPs have the right personality and greet everyone who uses our crossings with a smile.

The role can be challenging, and being a SCP means that you can be out in all weathers to keep the pupils safe, however this only increases the respect that they receive from parents. The role includes working split shifts - the typical working day for an SCP begins early morning for a short period of time and finishes for a short period of time at the end of a school day. Some crossing points are also manned over the lunch period. This means that SCPs have to show commitment to being available 2 to 3 times per weekday.

SCPs see children progress through the school system from nursery, to in some cases, secondary school. Relationships with the pupils and parents are often built up over several years. The case study below with Pearl Rendall is a great example of this.

  • There are various hours available, and hours are during term-time.
  • For more information about the vacancies and how to apply, please call 01224 522 232 or 01224 523 963.

Pearl Rendall Star Awards In the Spotlight: Meet School Crossing Patroller Pearl

Pearl is one of our long standing school crossing patrollers. She has been in the role since August 1980, and has been in her current location since January 1982, working at Kingsford School. We chatted with Pearl to get her views on being a School Crossing Patroller, and the highlights of her career to date. This is what she told us...

"It’s not a hard job but you need to be alert and you need patience. The kids make it - their wee faces pull at your heartstrings. I’ve been there so long that I’ve met so many people and made so many friends. You see the mums & dads, grannies & granddads and child-minders crossing… I’ve been there so long I now see the kids crossing the road with children of their own! Girls and boys come up to me and say, ‘you were my mum’s lollipop lady!’ You don’t lose track of the families and someone always recognises you when you’re out and about. I’ve even crossed over my doctor and hairdresser!"

In 2013 Pearl won a Star Award (through the Council's internal award scheme) for her services as a School Crossing Patroller, in the 'People’s Champion' category.                                                                             

"I was apprehensive at first but thought, we’ll go along. I wondered what I’d let myself in for! However, it was absolutely brilliant. The awards ceremony was just like the Oscars that you see on TV. I was sitting beside my husband and a Councillor… when my name got announced I was in complete shock. My face must have been a picture! My husband had to nudge me and say, 'it’s you!' I can’t explain how nice it feels until it happens to you. I was also invited down to the Queen’s Garden Party in Edinburgh last year and I’m off to the Lord Provost’s Lunch in March."

Anything else Pearl wants to achieve through her career as a School Crossing Patroller?

"I’m going to aim for an OBE next year!"

And finally...

"If you’re thinking about becoming a School Crossing Patroller, and don’t mind the weather, then go for it."

School Crossing Patroller of the Year

Every year we run a School Crossing Patroller of the Year competition. Aberdeen City Council work with the Evening Express, Uniconn and Aberdeenshire Council to promote the important work of our school crossing patrollers and earn them the recognition and thanks they deserve for helping to keep children safe on the roads, regardless of the weather conditions.

All School Crossing Patrollers within the city are eligible for nomination, and it is a great reward for the job that they carry out.

If you'd like to nominate someone as School Crossing Patroller of the year, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Entry forms are available in the Evening Express. The closing date is Monday, 17 February 2014.

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