A FRUSTRATED head teacher has spoken out about illegal and dangerous parking outside his school.

Upton Infant School head Duncan Churchill has released video footage showing the chaos outside the school gates.

Cars can be seen bumping onto pavements in the narrow road, blocking pavements and driveways.

Despite a ban on parking on both sides of the road, many parents leave their cars there to walk young children to the school in Guest Road, Upton, Poole.

Mr Churchill says he fears someone could be seriously hurt if driving habits don't change.

Parking is available a short distance from Guest Road and many parents who choose to drive live a short distance away from the school.

Upton Infant School has 270 pupils between the ages of four and seven.

Mr Churchill told the Daily Echo: "I understand that the morning school run can be fraught, parking near school is limited and some parents are rushing off to work, however we are concerned about how a small minority of parents park in the mornings and at pick up time. "Parents often park illegally, over residents' driveways and on pavements. This results in parents and small children having to avoid cars driving onto pavements, parents unable to see if the roads are safe to cross and having to walk into the road to avoid cars.

"Clearly this is unsafe, especially in the dark and rainy mornings, and we are very concerned that something terrible will happen."

Mr Churchill said regular attempts are made to communicate with parents about the issue and he is also in contact with police and highways authorities but "nothing really changes."

He added: "It is especially frustrating at the moment as due to the staggered start and end times that we have introduced there is less of a need for all parents to arrive on site at the same time.

"We need everyone to give themselves plenty of time in the mornings to find a safe space to park further away from the school and walk or not drive at all and to ensure the consideration of all in our community."