Sunscreen is not allowed at Trowbridge school

First published in News by , Senior reporter for Trowbridge

The Grove Primary School in Trowbridge is urging parents not to allow their children to bring sun screen lotion with them, fearing it will trigger allergic reactions among classmates.

Instead they want them to put it on at home before they leave in the morning.

Staff at the school, in Hazel Grove, are worried that youngsters putting their own lotion on during the day will not apply it properly and any excess not rubbed in could inflame allergies among youngsters in Key Stage One.

The school posted a message to parents on Facebook this week asking them not to send children in with sun screen lotion.

Headteacher Alistair Ponsford said: “We want to make sure the safety of all the children was put first. We are requesting sun cream is not brought in, but it is not a blanket ban.

“The safety of the children is of paramount importance to us and if there are exceptional circumstances then parents can raise them with the class teacher and suitable arrangements can be made.”

The school said it received one letter of complaint from a parent concerned about only applying sun cream on their child before school, but it was later withdrawn.

Key Stage One leader Anna Pemberton added: “We have three or four children in Key Stage One who have severe reactions to sun cream, so we are advising parents to apply it before school.

“The coverage and application would be much more affective if done by the parent, rather than the child doing it haphazardly.

“We have also spoken to the children about sun care and the Year One’s have done a display about being safe in the sun.

“We have extensive shade outside and we have asked parents to send their children to school with water bottles and sun hats labelled with the child’s name.”

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9:25pm Sun 25 May 14

constantlyexasperated says...

What utter nonsense, yet again from the (lack of) leadership at Grove School. As a parent of two children at Grove School, I have received continual reminders every summer for the last 10 years for children to take in sunscreen to ensure that they don't get burnt in the middle of the day. Now apparently, even though all bar a minority of sunscreens have to be reapplied after a few hours, it is now OK to apply it at 8am in the morning and let them burn during the lunchbreak for the sake of 4 children who MIGHT have an allergic reaction by potentially coming into contact with it. This is the same nonsense as banning peanuts in the whole school just because one child in the school has a reaction. Woolly liberalism that we have all come to expect from teachers.
My child goes to Grove School and will be taking in sunscreen for her protection.
What utter nonsense, yet again from the (lack of) leadership at Grove School. As a parent of two children at Grove School, I have received continual reminders every summer for the last 10 years for children to take in sunscreen to ensure that they don't get burnt in the middle of the day. Now apparently, even though all bar a minority of sunscreens have to be reapplied after a few hours, it is now OK to apply it at 8am in the morning and let them burn during the lunchbreak for the sake of 4 children who MIGHT have an allergic reaction by potentially coming into contact with it. This is the same nonsense as banning peanuts in the whole school just because one child in the school has a reaction. Woolly liberalism that we have all come to expect from teachers. My child goes to Grove School and will be taking in sunscreen for her protection. constantlyexasperated
  • Score: 30

9:39am Mon 26 May 14

Molemate says...

This is very poor advice; any sunscreen applied before school is unlikely to be effective at lunchtime, when the children are forced to be in peak sunlight with maximum UV exposure. The EU advice (in 2006, and still correct today) is that 'Once a day' suncreams are ill advised and that is quite simply because they will be rubbed off on clothing or other contact surfaces, so they don't work well at all in general use on children! The rates of skin cancer are growing and we know that we have 80% of our lifetime UV on the skin in our childhood years. Perhaps the school can start budgeting for claims against them because of their poor policy, as skin cancer is the asbestosis of the 21st Century. I know of a lot of school that are registered with the www.sunsafeschools.c
o.uk programme; perhaps that would help this school improve its judgement and leadership.
This is very poor advice; any sunscreen applied before school is unlikely to be effective at lunchtime, when the children are forced to be in peak sunlight with maximum UV exposure. The EU advice (in 2006, and still correct today) is that 'Once a day' suncreams are ill advised and that is quite simply because they will be rubbed off on clothing or other contact surfaces, so they don't work well at all in general use on children! The rates of skin cancer are growing and we know that we have 80% of our lifetime UV on the skin in our childhood years. Perhaps the school can start budgeting for claims against them because of their poor policy, as skin cancer is the asbestosis of the 21st Century. I know of a lot of school that are registered with the www.sunsafeschools.c o.uk programme; perhaps that would help this school improve its judgement and leadership. Molemate
  • Score: 12

2:12pm Mon 26 May 14

not.a.happy.bunny. says...

Grove Primary DID have a 'blanklet ban" on sun creams, the school website read "we do not ALLOW sun creams in school" but after a sneaky visit from a journalist the school website was quickly changed to read "we do not RECOMMEND sun creams in school"

The letter of complaint was not 'withdrawn', that is a complete and utter lie! The complaint was actually upheld and the parents/children in question are now ALLOWED to bring sun scream into school!

There is a Sun Smart campaign by Cancer Research UK which is always taught in Wlitshire schools through the Wiltshire Healthy Schools "Learn 4 Life Curriculum" and this curriculum even teaches children to re-apply sun cream every 2-3 hours or immediately before any outdoor activities, such as PE lessons or playtimes for example!

So what are these children at Grove Primary being taught then? Are they being taught to be safe and responsible children via the correct curriculum? It would appear that children at Grove Primary School are being taught something completely different, being taught hat one application of sun cream per day will protect them from sunburn and/or skin cancer. These children are not exactly being prepared for the real world then are they! Such a shame as these children are our future and it is is of course completely immoral to teach to young children with false information just so that it fits in line with the schools stupid policies!
Grove Primary DID have a 'blanklet ban" on sun creams, the school website read "we do not ALLOW sun creams in school" but after a sneaky visit from a journalist the school website was quickly changed to read "we do not RECOMMEND sun creams in school" The letter of complaint was not 'withdrawn', that is a complete and utter lie! The complaint was actually upheld and the parents/children in question are now ALLOWED to bring sun scream into school! There is a Sun Smart campaign by Cancer Research UK which is always taught in Wlitshire schools through the Wiltshire Healthy Schools "Learn 4 Life Curriculum" and this curriculum even teaches children to re-apply sun cream every 2-3 hours or immediately before any outdoor activities, such as PE lessons or playtimes for example! So what are these children at Grove Primary being taught then? Are they being taught to be safe and responsible children via the correct curriculum? It would appear that children at Grove Primary School are being taught something completely different, being taught hat one application of sun cream per day will protect them from sunburn and/or skin cancer. These children are not exactly being prepared for the real world then are they! Such a shame as these children are our future and it is is of course completely immoral to teach to young children with false information just so that it fits in line with the schools stupid policies! not.a.happy.bunny.
  • Score: 7

2:28pm Mon 26 May 14

not.a.happy.bunny. says...

My children both ago to Grove School and they WILL be taking sun-creams into school for their protection.

I did also notice that the website for Grove Primary school stated they would only allow children to take in sun creams to school with "Exceptional Circumstances", which sounds like a blanket ban to me!

Perhaps the school would like to clarify their definition of exceptional circumstances? Does risk of skin cancer and/or sun burn count?
My children both ago to Grove School and they WILL be taking sun-creams into school for their protection. I did also notice that the website for Grove Primary school stated they would only allow children to take in sun creams to school with "Exceptional Circumstances", which sounds like a blanket ban to me! Perhaps the school would like to clarify their definition of exceptional circumstances? Does risk of skin cancer and/or sun burn count? not.a.happy.bunny.
  • Score: 7

5:47pm Mon 26 May 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

Peanuts
Dairy Products
Fish
Perfumes

Then there's the "intolerances"...

This all seems to revolve around The Precautionary Principle as practiced by idjits....

And talking of innumerate idjits " 80% of our lifetime UV on the skin in our childhood years. " - still counting on your fingers are you?
Peanuts Dairy Products Fish Perfumes Then there's the "intolerances"... This all seems to revolve around The Precautionary Principle as practiced by idjits.... And talking of innumerate idjits " 80% of our lifetime UV on the skin in our childhood years. " - still counting on your fingers are you? moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 5

6:19pm Mon 26 May 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

One has to wonder what the reaction of all the indignant parents criticizing Grove School's position would be if their little darlings came home from school sunburnt? Would they blame the teachers? Would they allow a teacher to apply sunscreen to their child if the child didn't put it on properly? How long before a teacher would then be accused of inappropriately touching a child?
One has to wonder what the reaction of all the indignant parents criticizing Grove School's position would be if their little darlings came home from school sunburnt? Would they blame the teachers? Would they allow a teacher to apply sunscreen to their child if the child didn't put it on properly? How long before a teacher would then be accused of inappropriately touching a child? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -12

7:20pm Mon 26 May 14

politepanda says...

So the good teachers of this school will ALSO ensure that the pupils believed to be allergic to the sunscreen ointments won't come into contact with those already wearing it? Utter codswallop.
Reactionary nonsense from those who should know better.
So the good teachers of this school will ALSO ensure that the pupils believed to be allergic to the sunscreen ointments won't come into contact with those already wearing it? Utter codswallop. Reactionary nonsense from those who should know better. politepanda
  • Score: 6

2:25am Tue 27 May 14

beetawix says...

When bright sunshine is absent and it is raining, thoughts should be turned to the banning of umbrellas which are a dangerous nuisance which could easily take someone's eye out.
When bright sunshine is absent and it is raining, thoughts should be turned to the banning of umbrellas which are a dangerous nuisance which could easily take someone's eye out. beetawix
  • Score: 9

11:12am Tue 27 May 14

DawnSDunne says...

What utter nonsense. The Government tell us we must take care in then sun and then the Health & Safety fools ban suncream in school. Children SHOULD be allowed to bring in sunscreen to school and apply BEFORE going out to play. Come on Grove stop being so namby pamby in your approaches to such an important matter.
What utter nonsense. The Government tell us we must take care in then sun and then the Health & Safety fools ban suncream in school. Children SHOULD be allowed to bring in sunscreen to school and apply BEFORE going out to play. Come on Grove stop being so namby pamby in your approaches to such an important matter. DawnSDunne
  • Score: 5

2:52pm Tue 27 May 14

politepanda says...

DawnSDunne wrote:
What utter nonsense. The Government tell us we must take care in then sun and then the Health & Safety fools ban suncream in school. Children SHOULD be allowed to bring in sunscreen to school and apply BEFORE going out to play. Come on Grove stop being so namby pamby in your approaches to such an important matter.
But is wasn't a "health and safety" fool who made this decision. It was either a Head Teacher, Teacher, Manager, or a joint decision by any of these.....!
Health and Safety reps everywhere would find this ludicrous.
[quote][p][bold]DawnSDunne[/bold] wrote: What utter nonsense. The Government tell us we must take care in then sun and then the Health & Safety fools ban suncream in school. Children SHOULD be allowed to bring in sunscreen to school and apply BEFORE going out to play. Come on Grove stop being so namby pamby in your approaches to such an important matter.[/p][/quote]But is wasn't a "health and safety" fool who made this decision. It was either a Head Teacher, Teacher, Manager, or a joint decision by any of these.....! Health and Safety reps everywhere would find this ludicrous. politepanda
  • Score: 4

4:18pm Tue 27 May 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

If I had a child who had an allergy to sunscreen, and that child was taken ill as a reaction to other children applying sunscreen to themselves, then I don't think I would be amused.
If I had a child who had an allergy to sunscreen, and that child was taken ill as a reaction to other children applying sunscreen to themselves, then I don't think I would be amused. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -17

7:06pm Tue 27 May 14

politepanda says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
If I had a child who had an allergy to sunscreen, and that child was taken ill as a reaction to other children applying sunscreen to themselves, then I don't think I would be amused.
And I think the majority of parents would have a right to ensure that their children don't risk getting burnt.
I don't believe most schools would be able to provide sufficient shade for all the pupils, negating the requirement for application or reapplication of sunscreen.
Or perhaps we could ensure that the risk is dealt with by ensuring NONE of the children go outside at all in weather where the use of sunscreen is advisable.......
And: "that child was taken ill as a reaction to other children applying sunscreen to themselves, then I don't think I would be amused." I think the reaction is to the sunscreen - not to whoever is applying it - or the manner in which they apply it. I have no idea why these teachers believe that only excess cream would inflame allergies. They will either be affected by touching skin covered in it/by tables and equipment touched by children using sunscreen - or not.
(NB - too difficult, I assume - for a teacher to say: "You need to rub that in a little more" - if they really are worried about "excess"???
Attempting to curb the use of sunscreen in this way sounds like an ill thought out knee-jerk reaction.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: If I had a child who had an allergy to sunscreen, and that child was taken ill as a reaction to other children applying sunscreen to themselves, then I don't think I would be amused.[/p][/quote]And I think the majority of parents would have a right to ensure that their children don't risk getting burnt. I don't believe most schools would be able to provide sufficient shade for all the pupils, negating the requirement for application or reapplication of sunscreen. Or perhaps we could ensure that the risk is dealt with by ensuring NONE of the children go outside at all in weather where the use of sunscreen is advisable....... And: "that child was taken ill as a reaction to other children applying sunscreen to themselves, then I don't think I would be amused." I think the reaction is to the sunscreen - not to whoever is applying it - or the manner in which they apply it. I have no idea why these teachers believe that only excess cream would inflame allergies. They will either be affected by touching skin covered in it/by tables and equipment touched by children using sunscreen - or not. (NB - too difficult, I assume - for a teacher to say: "You need to rub that in a little more" - if they really are worried about "excess"??? Attempting to curb the use of sunscreen in this way sounds like an ill thought out knee-jerk reaction. politepanda
  • Score: 7

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