Parents at a primary school in Nottinghamshire have been told off for smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol while picking up their children at home time. Hillocks Primary in Sutton-in-Ashfield said it had received a number of reports mums and dads were arriving to the school gate smelling of the class B drug, with others reeking of booze.

The school's headteacher, Louise Regan, sent a text to parents warning they would be punished should it continue, the Mansfield and Ashfield Chad reported. The text read: "We have now had a number of adults approach us to say they have concerns regarding the use of cannabis and alcohol by parents picking up children at home time.

"We are now logging those concerns and where appropriate will inform the police."

The school has already had to remind parents not to smoke outside the school gate, with Regan adding: "I think most parents would agree that it's inappropriate for a parent to pick up their child at home time smelling of alcohol or cannabis."

Remarkably, this is not the first time parents have been told off by their children's teachers for cannabis use. In February, a Manchester deputy headteacher was incensed when she discovered the drug was being smoked outside the school gates.

Concerned schoolchildren at St John's CofE Primary School in Radcliffe had reportedly informed teachers of seeing some of their fellow pupils' parents smoking the drug. The school said it had reported the issue to the police.

Parents in pyjamas

In yet another case of parents behaving badly during the school run, the month saw the headteacher of Skerne Park Academy in Darlington ask parents to "dress appropriately" after some chose to drop off and pick up children while wearing their pyjamas.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Kate Chisholm wrote: "I have noticed there has been an increasing tendency for parents to escort children to and from school while still wearing their pyjamas and, on occasion, even slippers.

"Could I please ask that when you are escorting your children, you take the time to dress appropriately in daywear that is suitable for the weather conditions."

The headteacher brought in the new dress code after several parents were also seen sporting nightwear during school meetings and assemblies.