Sheffield school’s parents want ‘firm plan’

School assault victim Rhys Larkings and his mum Lorraine
School assault victim Rhys Larkings and his mum Lorraine
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Parents of children at a troubled Sheffield school are demanding a ‘firm plan’ to deal with tensions between pupils ahead of two meetings led by the headteacher.

Mums and dads of Year 10 and Year 11 students at Hinde House Secondary in Shiregreen will see head Chris French today and tomorrow to discuss their concerns following attacks on two 14-year-old boys.

One of the victims, Rhys Larkings, was left with a broken nose and cuts to his ears and eyes, and the incident led to wider trouble in school, amid claims of a number of incidents involving children from Slovakian backgrounds.

Police have arrested two boys aged 15 on suspicion of assaulting the pair of 14-year-olds. 
They were also questioned over public order offences, and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

An online petition with more than 1,800 signatures was presented at Hinde House yesterday.

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Rhys’ mother Lorraine said a meeting had also been planned, but it was cancelled and rearranged.

“I think they were expecting too many people to turn up,” said Mrs Larkings, aged 42, who lives in Shiregreen.

“Instead they are having individual meetings for each year group over the next few days.

“I want Mr French to have a firm plan in place as to what he’s going to do.”

Mr French said: “We are continuing to work with South Yorkshire Police and would like to reiterate that we are taking firm and decisive action to resolve any issues. Our priority will continue to be the safety, welfare, and education of all children at Hinde House.

“We have now scheduled a series of information and listening sessions for parents and carers of pupils to give people an opportunity to discuss their concerns in an open and informal way.

“We can also confirm that we have received a petition, which we will now be using to inform how we can shape our communications with parents, pupils and the wider school community.”