Mum slams school as 'shivering' son, 13, 'soaked through' after PE in rain

A mum has been left 'horrified' after finding her son 'soaked through' when she picked him up from school. Lisa Gratton says 13-year-old Callum was left 'freezing and shivering' with 'dripping clothes and squelching trainers' after he and classmates played football through a downpour at St Peter's Academy, in Fenton, during Thursday afternoon's last lesson.

Students wear their PE kits throughout the school day when they have a PE lesson which means they had no change of clothes and the gym is being used for exams. It comes as The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning for rain in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday afternoon.

It is understood that the PE lesson finished 10 minutes early due to the conditions.

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Lisa said: "I’m absolutely horrified. He has come home soaked through. He is freezing. They wouldn’t let them go inside. They wouldn’t even give them the option to go inside.

"We all have access to the weather forecast and we knew this weather was coming. Those children should not have been allowed to go outside. To be made to play football in this weather is just atrocious.

"He was freezing and shivering and lying on the settee with a blanket over him and normally he’d be upstairs gaming. He was not himself."

Lisa has complained to the school.

She added: "What would have happened if they'd had PE earlier in the day? Would they have been expected to sit in lessons soaked through all day because they attend school in their PE kit on PE days.

"The school say they used to get a lot of people not wanting to do PE because they didn’t want to get changed in front of other people. That’s why they put this provision in place, which I do like, but you can’t have children coming out like that."

StokeonTrentLive has approached St Peter's Academy for a statement following the row.

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