Job type

School crossing patrol

£14k - £20k

Typical salary

5 – 10

Hours per week

School crossing patrols help children and adults cross the road safely on their way to and from school.

More info

  • Help children and adults cross the road safely
  • You'll need excellent communication skills & observation skills
  • You could teach and train children and new crossing patrols


  • Deciding when it is safe to stop traffic
  • Using a school crossing patrol sign (lollipop) to give clear signals to drivers and pedestrians
  • Helping children and adults to cross the road safely
  • Controlling children who are waiting to cross the road
  • Operating the hazard lights at or near crossings
  • Identifying and reporting faults with crossing lights
  • Reporting vehicles who disobey the patrol to your supervisor and/or the police
  • Completing paperwork on accidents or incidents that happen while on duty
  • Attending court as a witness to incidents
  • You may also be asked to visit schools to promote road safety and give educational talks to children


Most of your work would be term-time only. Opportunities for job share may be available. You'll spend most of your time on your feet and be out in all weathers. You'll wear a uniform and waterproof clothing and you may be required to travel to different crossings to provide emergency cover.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with excellent communication skills, observation and awareness skills, the ability to remain calm and assertive, and time keeping skills.

There are no set requirements, but experience of working with adults and children could help you to find work.

You would usually apply directly to vacancies advertised by local authorities.

You'll need to pass enhanced background checks and employers will expect you to work without supervision.

You’ll need to have some physical stamina, as you'll be standing outside for long periods in all types of weather.

You may have to complete a medical questionnaire and take an eyesight test as part of the recruitment process.


With experience, you could teach and train children and new crossing patrols.