Police called in to guard primary school gates following playground spat between staff and parents

The Bristol Post is reporting that police have been called into to guard the gates at a primary school after parents and teachers got into a playground spat.

Staff at the Academy of Trinity in Radstock contacted officers from Avon and Somerset Police to request they stand outside the school gates when children arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon.

The school called for the measures after parents reportedly shouted at senior staff “aggressively” yesterday morning after learning there were teachers off sick.

Terry Hillier, chairman of Dove Family Trust (DFT) which is responsible for the school and another school in Dundry, said the incident involved parents who were dropping their children off for the start of the school day.

He said: “We have got to send out the message that it is unacceptable to stand there arguing in a children’s playground.”

The confrontation is said to have come about after parents were made aware two more teachers from the school were off work.

Mr Hillier said the school had been told by the teachers they were too ill to attend on Monday morning which had left the school without enough teaching staff and in need of support from supply teachers who were called in to teach the classes by the school as soon as it was aware there would be staff absences.

Some of the parents involved have also contacted the Bristol Post’s sister paper the Somerset Guardian. They claim they simply quizzed staff about the absent teachers and that several parents refused to leave their children at school for the day because of the concerns about staffing at the primary school.

In recent weeks the school, which has two outstanding ratings of education watchdogs, has been rocked by complaints from teaching staff…

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Sounds, from the full article and the story we covered last month: Controversy breaks over the treatment of teaching staff at ‘outstanding’ school, that there are deeper issues then just these incidents in the playground.

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I’ve a feeling there’s more to this story than what’s being reported; people get sick, it happens but something’s not right

  2. thiskidsthinkin

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Agreed. People get sick, try putting 100+ people in the one building, most of them children and NOT having sickness, especially this time of year, but fighting about it?

  3. thiskidsthinkin

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Read the comments after the story in the Bristol paper. Something funny happening at that school.

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