A school in Portishead, Bristol, has issued a ban on parents using mobile phones when they arrive to pick up their children.

High Down infant and junior school originally introduced the rule as a safeguarding policy, but believes it benefits students in other ways too.

Both schools have a real focus on the children using a rich vocabulary and developing their speaking and listening skills. Not using mobiles within the school environment encourages that communication between parents and children.

Andreya Cowan, Executive headteacher
The school has also put up signs requesting that its students avoid using their mobiles throughout the day. Credit: Bristol Live

Mrs Cowan also revealed that the new rule has been welcomed by parents who appreciate the positive effect it will have

The vast majority of parents have understood the reasons behind the policy and put their phones away while on school grounds.

Andreya Cowan, Executive headteacher

The school has also put up signs requesting that its 700 students avoid using their mobiles throughout the day.