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"Children hurting themselves": Head defends handstand ban

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The headteacher of a school in Devon which has caused a stir by banning handstands and cartwheels in the playground has defended the measure.

Old Priory Junior Academy in Plympton put a temporary ban on "all gymnastic activities" during break times until further notice.

Interim headteacher Emma Hermon-Wright said the decision had been taken after a number of pupils sustained minor injuries to their wrists and backs.

Devon school bans handstands and cartwheels in the playground

A school has banned handstands and cartwheels during break times. Credit: Reuters

A primary school has banned handstands and cartwheels in the playground over concerns pupils could harm themselves.

Old Priory Junior Academy in Plympton, Devon, confirmed it had put a temporary ban on "all gymnastic activities" during break times until further notice.

Interim headteacher Emma Hermon-Wright said the decision had been taken after a number of pupils sustained minor injuries to their wrists and backs.

Over a series of a few days we had quite a few [injuries] for the same reasons. The children said they had been doing cartwheels and handstands and had fallen and we thought it was causing us a problem at school.

In PE Lessons in primary schools they are carefully supported and carefully controlled to help learn skills of this nature and we have very good gymnastic capabilities in our school.

[On break times] we've got a lot of children in one go and you can't be supporting every child for a backward roll, forward roll, cartwheel, handstand or whatever they're doing at play time.

– INTERIM HEADTEACHER EMMA HERMON-WRIGHT

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