Fenland village school considering banning parents from sports day

A VILLAGE school is considering banning parents from its sports day because of an ongoing row between staff and a group of parents.

It would be the first time in the 130-year-old history of Upwell Community Primary School that it has barred mothers and fathers from its sports day. The event was due to be held this week but has now been postponed until later this month while a decision is made.

It is being reported that the row stems from a small group of parents who boycotted a children’s art event at the school that members of the public could also attend.

James McBurney, the school’s head teacher said in a school newsletter: “It is with the greatest and sincerest regret that all staff have decided, in light of recent events, that sports day is likely to take place without parents being invited.”

“We understand that we have many supportive parents and we would like to offer our heartfelt apologies for this decision. We have deliberated over this at great length but feel that many day-to-day routines have been misinterpreted or misunderstood.

“The present climate is affecting the well-being of all children and staff morale. However, we are prepared to postpone sports day until June 29 and decide nearer to the time whether parents will be invited.”

The newsletter has caused uproar among parents, many of whom are said to be debating whether or not to send their children to school on the day if the ban is upheld.

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