Dad outraged as daughter says class ‘made to walk over railway tracks during PE’


A stunned dad has claimed his daughter and her classmates were led over railway tracks during a walk in PE.

Geoff Smith says his daughter’s class walked over railway lines at Middleton railway, Leeds, which are only used at the weekends. The school says it’s investigating the claims.

When Geoff’s daughter came home from Cockburn John Charles Academy in Belle Isle, she told him that she had hurt her knee.

When he asked how she hurt her knee, Geoff was shocked by his 12-year-old daughter’s response.

Speaking to Leeds Live, Geoff said: “She told me that for her PE lesson, her and her classmates had left the school grounds to walk along the railway lines at Middleton railway.

“Apparently they walked up to a wooded area and walked back.

“I could not believe what I was hearing.

“Why on earth are they leaving the school grounds for PE and why are they teaching children to walk up a railway line?”

After speaking to other student’s parents, Geoff claims they have confirmed his daughter’s story.

Geoff has recorded a video in which his daughter claims that when she hurt her knee, the teacher told her to ‘be careful as her as it’s un-level on the railway tracks’.

He said: “If it’s not level then why are they making kids walk on it – why would they make kids walk on railway tracks anyway?”

Cockburn John Charles Academy said “the Academy is currently investigating and we are unable to comment further at this stage.”