School hires bouncer after teachers attacked during fight outside gates

A school has employed a bouncer after teachers were injured in punch-up outside school gates.

Teachers were bundled to the ground and kicked as they tried to break up a fracas last month.

Two staff members and a student were left with minor injuries in the scuffle, Birmingham Live reported.

Ninestiles An Academy in Acocks Green, Birmingham, hired a security guard to patrol the school ever since.

The school previously hit the headlines after pupils were ordered to be silent when walking to lessons – as some likened it to a North Korean gulag.

Andrea Stephens, co-head Ninestiles, An Academy, said: "We wrote to all parents around four weeks ago to say that we had taken the initiative by arranging an additional security presence at our front entrance.

"This followed an incident (on November 26) that involved an assault by people from outside the school.

"This measure adds another layer of care and safety to the wellbeing of our students as they leave the school.

"We are taking a tough stand on poor behaviour and will not tolerate unkind or rude behaviour from a very few students.

"The vast majority of our students are delightful and well-behaved young people, and we know that most parents support us in our work to ensure that the highest standards of behaviour and welfare are in place.

"The welfare of our students and our staff is a key priority and this measure provides reassurance to our school community."

In November, police said the punch-up began at the school gates at 3.45pm.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to reports of an assault at Ninestiles Academy in Hartfield Crescent, Acocks Green at around 3.45pm on Monday (26 November).

"It is believed a fight started between a group of people at the school gates.

"When teachers tried to intervene, they were knocked over and kicked.

"Two staff members and a student were left with minor injuries. No arrests were made."

The school made headlines earlier this year when it ordered pupils to walk the corridors in silence or face a 20-minute detention.

In a joint statement addressing concerns from parents, co-heads Alex Hughes and Andrea Stephens said: "Ninestiles is committed to the highest standards of behaviour and we know that students arriving to lessons ready to learn can be further supported by doing so in silence at certain points in the day.

"This is already an expectation for arrival at exams and during fire drills and, as such, is simply an extension of that code of behaviour.

"We will review this change at the end of Term 2 and the views of our students, parents and carers will be welcomed as part of that process."

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