PUPILS at Eynsham Primary School carried out their own traffic survey in a bid to make the entrance easier to reach at peak times.

Seven members of the school council asked parents and residents on Monday if they would support making Beech Road, which leads to the school entrance, one-way from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

As part of the one-way system, drivers would leave the school via Millmoor Crescent.

Teacher James Hazel, who is overseeing the project, said: “A number of parents have mentioned that they are finding it difficult to get their children out of school.

“It’s too narrow for 400 children trying to get into a single-track road.

“Some parents have to park quite a long way out and walk in.

“It’s a small entrance so to make it easier the children decided it would be a good idea to create a one-way system and carried out a survey.”

The children from years five and six asked about 60 parents what effect it would have and questioned residents about parking issues.

Pupil Lia Stratford, 10, said most people agreed that a one-way system would be beneficial.

She said: “It would help because it would stop traffic jams and it would make it easier for parents to get their children to school.”

Millie Bustin, 10, said: “The survey went well, because we used all the sheets we had to interview people.”

After the results are evaluated, the school will send them to a local police community support officer to review.

Eynsham neighbourhood police team officer, Pc Martyn McHale, said there was a lack of parking.

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Lisa Thomas answers questions from pupil Millie Bustin  

He said: “Obviously the residents have a legitimate expectation to get through their road but you can understand the parents’ point of view who want to be able to pick their kids up.

“Anything that alleviates the problems there would be good.”