Glengormley school to impose ban on pupils running

St  Bernard's Primary School has introduced a 'Walking-No Running Policy.' INNT 42-809CON
St Bernard's Primary School has introduced a 'Walking-No Running Policy.' INNT 42-809CON

A Glengormley primary school has issued a letter to parents stating that from next week it is to introduce a ‘Walking-No Running Policy’.

St Bernard’s Primary School issued the letter informing parents of the pending ban on pupils running inside and outside the school, including at lunchtimes and breaktimes.

The ban is due to come into effect on Monday, October 12.

The letter, which is signed by Principal Paul Flanagan reads: “There have been a number of accidents recently both inside and outside of the school with children running and chasing others. As you can appreciate we have a very confined area for outdoor play. We have carried out a risk assessment and have decided from Monday 12th October we are introducing a ‘Walking-No Running Policy’ into our school. This is both internally and externally. This applies to the morning 8.45am-9.00am, break time and lunch time. Football still continues on the football pitches.

“We hope to introduce a running track around the outdoor premises where each class can participate in this under supervision. All the children have been informed about this and we ask for your co-operation with this health and safety matter.”

A copy of the school’s letter was sent to the Newtownabbey Times by a parent who is unhappy with the school’s stance.

The Times contacted Mr Flanagan regarding the letter and he confirmed that he had issued it. He was unable to make any further comment on the issue at the time of publication.

The Times also contacted the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, but no one was available for comment at the time of publication.