16/02/2015 10:56 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Head Teacher Slams 'Maniac' Parents Who Drive Too Fast On School Run

Cars parked dangerously close to zebra crossing outside a school.

A head teacher has slammed 'maniac' parents who drive too fast as they drop their children off at school.

Jim Holditch, head of Godinton Primary School in Ashford, Kent, wrote a 500-word newsletter to parents saying he feared a child could be killed by a speeding parent.

He said to mums and dads who drive too fast on the school run: "What is the matter with some of you?"

Mr Goddington wrote the heartfelt attack after the school's caretaker Peter Smith saw a BMW 'nearly take off as it went over speed bumps'.

Mr Holditch wrote: "We all know children don't walk anywhere, they run. We also all know they run without looking or generally being aware of anything around them.

"We were really worried that it was only a matter of time before a child got knocked over by a car manoeuvring in the car park.

"But over the past few mornings, Mr Smith has seen cars obviously being driven by parents who are late for work, and consequently they have sped.

"What is the matter with some of you!?! This is a school.

"Even at 8am, there are children walking around the site, particularly now we have a nursery here as well as our own Breakfast Club.


If you're late, tough. Get up earlier. Get yourself sorted. Or just arrive late at work. But don't drive your car at any speed on this site.


"If you drive like a maniac because you're late for work, it will only be a matter of time before a child is hurt or, God help us, even worse."

Mr Holditch said he spent seven years trying to get parents to drive slowly and considerately on the school site before resorting to spending thousands of pounds on barriers, to stop vehicles entering the school grounds at certain times of the day, and speed bumps to slow cars down.

But he said speeding parents were now a menace in the streets surrounding the school.

Local residents and parents have praised Mr Holditch for his tough stance.

More on Parentdish: One in three children driven to school less than a mile away

MORE:going out