Safety fears after boy is hit by car

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Four schools are warning students to be careful after a 14-year-old was hit by a car on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cavendish School student escaped with a cut to his head and bruises after the collision at the roundabout between Leighton Buzzard Road, Queensway and Warners End Road.

Deputy headteacher Martin Serrao said: “It is a dangerous spot particularly now it is icy and dark. We would like to say to drivers to be aware of children.

“At that junction there is almost no safe place to cross.

“Of the four routes there is only one that is covered by a pelican crossing so they could do with another pelican at the bottom of Warners End Road.”

He praised three Cavendish pupils who came to the aid of the boy, phoning 999 and teachers from the nearby school.

The boy was taken to hospital, but was back in school yesterday.

The roundabout where he was hit is also used by parents going to Gade Valley School, St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Junior School and The Collett School.

Gade Valley office manager Brenda Simson said: “Unfortunately there are four schools in a very small vicinity here. First thing in the morning and after school it’s just a nightmare.”

The schools are near the top of the steep hill on Warners End Road, which has a bend in it.

Collett School headteacher Stephen Hoult-Allen said many parents park on its pavements, making it harder for drivers to see children between the cars.

Cavendish School is exploring plans to let parents drop off and collect children in its grounds to ease congestion nearby.