Park View banned girls from mixed sports because it made ‘male staff uncomfortable’, hearing told

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that a hearing has been told female pupils were banned from mixed sports at the Birmingham school because male teachers “did not want girls to be seen with their bits jumping up and down.”

Monzoor Hussain, former principal at Park View Academy, allegedly made the remark to school press officer Susan Packer after she complained girls had been pulled out of a tennis coaching session because it was run by a male instructor.

Mrs Packer first complained to executive head teacher Lindsey Clark who had written the Academy’s policy on sports, but according to her statement she was told that “the governors did not want mixed sports lessons.”

Unhappy with Ms Clark’s alleged response, Mrs Packer then took her concerns to Mr Hussain. She said in her statement: “Monzoor Hussain told me that girls were not allowed to play, as the male staff felt uncomfortable.

“He said that ‘the men did not want the girls to be seen with their bits jumping up and down.’ This shocked me and made me feel very uncomfortable as I did not think it was appropriate for a principal to say that.”

When Andrew Faux, acting for Mr Hussain denied the words were ever said, Mrs Packer replied: “They were said to me, yes they were…”

Mrs Packer, who left her job in 2013, was giving evidence at a National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) hearing where five senior teachers face allegations of professional misconduct…

The hearing continues.

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  1. 5N_Afzal

    SchoolsImprove What about those schools where girls have been told,” your uniform makes male staff uncomfortable”?

  2. TheBirmingham6 SchoolsImprove The ‘gutter press’ is reporting evidence being given in a hearing.  It will be up to the hearing to decide the reliability of witness testimony and not be influenced by tweets etc from whatever source or from whatever point of view.

  3. LHarbutt

    oldandrewuk SchoolsImprove piece says it was a tennis coaching session. Maybe mixed more common when external coaches brought in?

  4. DanielHugill

    oldandrewuk LeeDonaghy SchoolsImprove Just like the outcry over very regular sanctions (staring pointlessly out of window at bushes…).

  5. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove pathetic/outrageous behaviour by sports staff and Principal! Mixed sport is fine, not rugby obviously but tennis coaching??

  6. Booperkit

    Actually many of the witnesses are children – young muslim girls in fact. Many of the complaints were made by muslim parents, and the disgruntled staff as you put it number dozens and dozens and many still work there and are brave speaking out. I was there, were you?

  7. Booperkit

    Actually many of the witnesses are children – young muslim girls in fact. Many of the complaints were made by muslim parents, and the disgruntled staff as you put it number dozens and dozens and many still work there and are brave speaking out. I was there, were you?

  8. Dai_James1942

    oldandrewuk SchoolsImprove Ran unisex cricket for 12 yrs, but all done out of school hours. 3 girls made sch team on merit, and 1 county

  9. ballater6

    Dai_James1942 oldandrewuk SchoolsImprove unsure that the idea of mixed sport is at the heart of this rather than the attitude of teachers

  10. Dai_James1942

    ballater6 oldandrewuk SchoolsImprove not mixing surely more from timetable constraints and fixture issues than sexism?

  11. Dai_James1942

    ballater6 oldandrewuk SchoolsImprove Proposed to select fast beefy girls to leaven weedy U9 rugby team: told other schs wd drop fixture.

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