A PRIMARY school has banned parents from attending sports days after staff and pupils were exposed to ‘threatening and intimidating’ behaviour.

Head teacher Sheena Duggan at Pentrebane school in Cardiff sent a letter to parents last week saying the angry behaviour had “worsened” over the past few years.

Mrs Duggan wrote: “As you know the safety, happiness and wellbeing of our pupils, your children, is paramount and so with that in mind I have made the difficult decision that future sports days will not be open to parents, according to The Sun.

“Unfortunately, over the last number of years, the behaviour of adults attending sports days has worsened.

“Staff have found themselves in the firing line of angry parents who can be threatening and intimidating. They have also been sworn at.

“This is bad enough but what is worse is that it takes place in front of children.

“It is very sad but I feel strongly that my staff and pupils do not come to school to be exposed to the bad behaviour of a small minority of adults.”

The letter was sent the day after the school’s annual sports day last week and came as a surprise to many parents.

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A discussion on the TODAY Facebook page saw parents share their disappointment at the decision saying the kids are the ones that are punished the most by this move.

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  • When parents can’t behave it’s logical they get banned, however it’s sad that good behaving parents get banned because of bad behaving parents.


  • I think it’s understandable, some parents do get competitive


  • I think the involvement can go to far by some parents. They get too caught up in their own heads which can cause aggressive behaviour. Unfortunately this stops they game from being a fun healthy activity.


  • You really have to wonder when the children are the mature ones.


  • Some parents can really be terrible. And while the school can do something against students who are “out of line”, they can’t do the same with adults.


  • Yeah I think it’s understandable if there is aggressive behaviour from the parents. It’s a shame though!


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