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Pupils protest over parents' parking at Harborne primary school

Pupils at a Birmingham primary school are holding protests against parents' poor parking at the school gates.

The Year 6 children have been standing outside St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Harborne and chanting at parents who try to park illegally.

Head teacher Helena Cusack said the pupils' council had voted for the move on Thursday.

The school said it had sent letters to parents to stop them parking outside the gates but it had not worked.

Ms Cusack said there had been cases of people leaving cars parked on double yellow or zig-zag lines while they went to collect their children.

'Please park politely'

"The school is growing, so the situation could get worse and it's something we really need to nip in the bud," she said.

"Our parents are lovely but these kind of things can happen when everyone's in a rush."

Head boy Samuel Grey, 10, said the scheme had been working already.

"We line up between 15:15 and 15:30 every day outside the school and wave signs that say, 'Please park politely'," he said.

"There were some adults who did try to park outside the school but when they saw us in our hi-visibility jackets, they went round the corner.

"We want the children that come to this school to be safe."

The school has pupils aged between three and 11.

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