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KIDS were left in floods of tears after a primary school BANNED mums and dads from dropping them off – forcing them to go in alone.

Pupils came back for the first day of term at Croft Primary School in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, last Friday to find parents weren't allowed at the school gates or even on the playground.

They were instead ordered to drop their little ones at a side gate, and allow them to make their own way in.

With usual entrances out of bounds, hundreds ended up queuing alongside a busy road during the morning rush.

The move sparked fury amongst mums and dads accused the school of putting the safety and welfare of their nippers at risk.

One concerned parent slammed: "As you walked away you could just hear screaming crying children."


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Meanwhile mum Louise Allingham lashed out at the policy, allegedly put in place by the new headteacher.

She told NottinghamshireLive: "Making children line up on an extremely busy road, basically just because she doesn't want the playground to look untidy!"

Parents claim communication about the policy been poor, with many feeling they were simply unprepared for the changes.

And some claimed they were only made aware of the new rules half-an-hour before school started.

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But the changes hit nervous kids starting their first year at the school hardest.

Witnesses say they couldn't even hold their parents' hands as they walked in.

The issues were made worse by a draconian "ten minute window" parents were given to drop kids off in.

Despite the uproar, some parents felt the policy would be good for their child's independence.

And some of those in favour of the policy accused parents that were against it of causing "anxiety or disruption" with their "mob mentality".

They urged them to make formal complaints instead of kicking off in the street.

The Sun Online have approached Croft Primary School for comment.

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