A primary school is charging £1 for nativity play tickets and parents are not happy

Updated: 

A primary school has defended charging parents to watch their children perform in the nativity play.

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Worcester is reported to be charging £1 per ticket for the three performances by pupils in Key Stage 1, reception and nursery.

Headteacher Louise Bury has written a letter to parents saying the charge - which is being levied for the first time - will be spent on resources for the school.

(Ariel Schalit/AP)
Nativity plays are a staple of the primary school calendar (Ariel Schalit/AP)

She said: "I know that for some of you, paying to see your child perform doesn't feel right.

"With ever-tightening budgets and growing numbers, we saw this as an opportunity to be able to invest in some valuable reading and learning resources for Key Stage 1 and Early Years."

It appears some parents were less than happy about the charge, as Bury feels the need to write "I have been extremely concerned about the conduct of some parents towards my staff which in some cases I can only describe as verbal abuse."

She added that health and safety reasons were also behind introducing a ticketing system for the play at the school in Chedworth Drive, Warndon, as the hall could not fit all the parents in the hall at the same time.