Christ’s Hospital School hosted a special event around Rail Safety, on Tuesday 4 February, in conjunction with Sussex Community Rail. The event was attended by Year 5 pupils from five different primary schools, including Arunside Primary School, Greenway Academy, Shelley Primary School, St John’s Catholic Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School.

The event, which took place in the Art Department at Christ’s Hospital, began with a fun and educational rail safety workshop, courtesy of Sussex Community Rail Partnership. The 18 children then used the knowledge they had acquired to design and create posters for the purpose of promoting rail safety, under the guidance of Christ’s Hospital Art Teachers. The resulting set of colourful Rail Safety Posters will have text and logos added by the CH Art teachers and will go on to be displayed across railway stations on the Arun Valley Line (from Gatwick to Chichester) for Rail Safety Week in June.

“The pupils were a delight to work with,” said Maddy Mills, Education Officer for the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, “The workshop focused on railway safety and we discussed lots of different safety scenarios. I’m excited to see the pupils’ finished posters to promote rail safety.”

Railway safety is part of the Go Learn education programme, delivered by the Sussex Community Rail Partnership and Southern Rail, which aims to help children develop confidence and skills for safe, independent travel on public transport to secondary school etc.  If you know of a school that would like to book a free Go Learn workshop for their Year 6 pupils, please go to for more information.

The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event and were treated to a couple of well-earned breaks for refreshments and lunch, as well as the chance to watch the Schools’ famous lunchtime band parade. Greenway Academy pupil Olivia said: “Today has been fun – I enjoyed making railway posters!” Her fellow pupil Xanthe added: “I really enjoyed making the posters, I LOVED the buffet lunch, and the band parade was pretty loud but it was still fun.”

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