Furious parents claim ‘cancelled’ kids’ sports day was held in secret by school

The Mirror is reporting that parents have blasted a school, claiming they were banned from attending their children’s sports day after the event was held in secret…

Teachers at Grove Junior School in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, had originally booked nearby Northwood Stadium athletics centre for the event on June 3.

After rain that morning, the school sent text messages to parents saying sports day would be cancelled due to inclement weather.

But parents living close to the stadium were stunned when they looked out of their windows later that day to see children racing along the athletics track.

The school has defended the move, branding it a “fun day” and insisting it was not a “traditional” sports day, more of a PE lesson.

Now furious parents have criticised the school after they missed the chance to see their children compete – and accused teachers of holding sports day in secret…

Parent Leona Simcock, 30, claimed the school had tweeted about the event being “an amazing day ” but then suspended its Twitter account following complaints from parents…

Headteacher Nicola McIntyre has defended the move and denied the event was a “proper” sports day…

She said: “We wanted to make sure that parents were given notice about decisions taken on the day but that the children, if possible, could also enjoy some sporting activities, albeit not in a traditional sports day…

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Not sure what to make of this – it sounds like a big storm in a tea cup to me – but why do you think the parents were not given the option of coming along if the school still used the venue?

Whatever their reasoning, perhaps all the disquiet could have been avoided with better communication? What do you think?


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  1. JoNoGo

    SchoolsImprove Primary sports days for my kids were ruined by crazy competitive parents who take things soooo seriously. I’d be happy.

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