Headteacher acts as lollipop lady

A Suffolk headteacher says she will moonlight as a volunteer lollipop lady after funding was cut for a crossing patrol.

Tania Johnson, head of Horringer Court Middle School, in Horringer, will split the job with three of her senior colleagues to work the crossing in the mornings and evenings.

They will monitor the crossing between 8.15am and 8.35am every morning and every evening between 3.15pm and 3.30pm.

Parents of pupils at the school, which has 350 students between nine and 13, have been sent a letter explaining that the previous lollipop man has retired and funding restraints have stopped a 1 successor being employed.

The letter outlined that school staff will fill the void until early 2011.

"Members of school staff have volunteered to man the crossing until March, when the county (council) will review the situation," the letter said.

Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, Mrs Johnson said that she and her staff felt strongly that the crossing needed to be manned.

She said: "We are a middle school but our youngest children are only nine and they do need to be seen across and, at the end of the day, children do like to run out of school."

A council spokesman said: "Suffolk County Council appreciates the dedication and commitment of all school crossing patrol staff."

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