Primary school BANS children playing football before class

Primary school BANS children playing football before class due to ‘health and safety’ over lack of supervision

  • Moorland Church of England Primary Academy implemented stringent rules
  • Sent a letter to parents stating that children should not be on site before 8:35am 
  • Parents have been left furious with the school ‘wrapping kids up in cotton wool’

Children have been banned from playing football following a ‘health and safety’ review at their primary school.

Pupils at Moorland Church of England Academy, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, are no longer allowed to enjoy a kickabout with their friends on site before 8.35am.

A letter was sent home to parents informing them of the rule change. It added the gates will not open until the day starts due to ‘several situations spilling into school and valuable learning time being lost as a result’. 

Jimmy Barker, 37, from Belton, has two children at the school and said the ban was more about the teachers and not the children’s enjoyment

Deputy headteacher John Siddles said: ‘If children are on site before school doors open then they do not have any supervision and if anything happened we would be liable.

‘We have a breakfast club which starts at 7.30am which children can attend. This has been brought in following a health and safety review.’ 

Parents have been left outraged following the ruling. 

Jimmy Barker, 37, from Belton, has two children at the school, Roma and Toby aged six and four, and said the ban was more about the teachers and not the children’s enjoyment.


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Mr Barker, who works in offshore oil and gas, said the ban is ‘stopping children from having fun before school’ and teachers should instead be encouraging exercise. 

He said: ‘We can’t keep wrapping kids up in cotton wool. There are parents there that the kids can go to if they hurt themselves.

‘Some kids don’t want to be there and they look forward to getting a little run around before school. That’s what I was like anyway.

‘It’s only 10-15 minutes of free time before the day starts.

Pupils at Moorland Church of England Academy (pictured), near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, are no longer allowed to enjoy a kickabout with their friends on site before 8.35am

‘There have been a lot of Facebook arguments about the ‘nanny state’ and it’s all part of the pathetic life we live in.

‘If they get hit, at the end of the day, it’s all part of growing up.’

Despite the school’s best efforts to reassure parents that their children can play football during supervised breaks and lunch, it has not stopped angry mothers and fathers taking to social media.  

Kevin Comer said: ‘Kids will be kids let them be that way.’

Eleanor Dodgson said: ‘There is a perfectly good playground a few yards away where kids can play. As soon as it is on school premises the school has no choice but to take action.’

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