‘The kids have the power and they know it’ claims insider after ‘riot’ in Blackpool school

The Gazette is reporting that teachers at a Blackpool secondary school were forced to call in police after up to 200 of out-of-control students “ran riot”.

Staff at Highfield Humanities College in South Shore dialled 999 after a spat between two schoolboys led to a crowd of students chasing each other through the corridors.

School insiders say it’s only a matter of time before somebody is seriously hurt or killed at the school – although headteacher Lynette Norris has pledged to “stamp out this silly and unnecessary behaviour.”

Parents of youngsters at Highfield, which the government ordered to become an academy after it was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, were sent a letter outlining the crackdown ahead of an open meeting with the Tauheedul Education Trust (TET), which is poised to take over the school. 

Mrs Norris said: “We had a dangerous episode where too many of the school population gathered together and ran around school chasing each other.

“It started very simply by two boys who fell out but then quickly gathered momentum with others joining in ‘for fun’.

“The numbers involved in the chase became so dangerous we were concerned and the police were asked to come and speak to the individuals concerned.

“We are taking a hard stance here as children’s safety is paramount.”

Special assemblies have been held at the school, and youngsters who break the rules will now be given breaktime and lunchtime detentions as part of a ‘stepped approach’ to its disciplinary procedure, Mrs Norris said.

But one insider warned: “The kids have the power and they know it, and the teachers 100 per cent fear for their safety. At some point soon, someone will be hurt. It will happen…”

More at: Blackpool head’s pledge after school pupils ‘riot’


Very ominous comments at the end there when the (albeit unnamed) ‘insider’ talks about the children having the power.

Have you ever been in a school where it felt like that had happened? 

If so, what needs to happen to establish proper order?

Please share your insights and experiences in the comments or via Twitter…


Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin every morning (around 7 am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link 

Michael Rosen: Dear Ms Morgan - religious education must include atheism and humanism
Academy chain helps itself to pupil premium money
Categories: Academies, Leadership, Parenting, Secondary and Teaching.


  1. cia262

    SchoolsImprove I once worked in a school like that. New management expelled key troublemakers. Parents brought it. It worked.

  2. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove Every now and then the dust sheet covering the #GreatEducationHoax lifts and reveals what is really going on.

Let us know what you think...