SPORTS equipment has been left scattered across a playground and beyond repair after vandals wreaked havoc in a primary school.

Images taken at Brackenbury Primary School, Portslade, show the horrifying aftermath of the vandalism.

Vandals destroyed a storage shed door and littered bikes, helmets and other sports equipment across the playground, leaving it “beyond repair.”

The reception outdoor learning area was also targeted in the attack.

Friends of Brackenbury, a charity that runs alongside the school, are currently appealing for support from parents and the community to help replace the broken equipment and repair the damaged items.

The Argus: Most of the damage at Brackenbury school was 'beyond repair'Most of the damage at Brackenbury school was 'beyond repair'

The charity said they are “struggling to comprehend” why anyone would choose to target a small primary school.

“We were notified of the devastating news that our beautiful school was broken into over the weekend and vandalised,” said charity co-chairwoman Jenni McAleavy.

“The reception outdoor learning area, storage sheds and sports equipment were all targeted and vandalised, mostly beyond repair.

The Argus: Equipment was left littered around the schoolEquipment was left littered around the school

“Although the children have been shielded by the school and offered immense support, regular items that they play with are no longer available.

“The internal support from parents has been incredible. However, in order to replace the equipment that cannot be salvaged, we would require further support from our local community.

The Argus: Storage shed were toppled over Storage shed were toppled over

“We understand that it is a difficult time for people and not everyone is in the position to support us financially but any donations we receive are gratefully received.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “On Monday morning, November 16, we received a report that sheds at Brackenbury Primary School, Locks Hill, Portslade, had been broken open and contents scattered across the ground.

“Nothing was reported to have been stolen.

“Anyone with information can contact Sussex Police either online at or alternatively by calling 101, quoting serial 170 of 16/11.”

According to a 2018 Ofsted report, 192 children aged between five and 11 are currently enrolled at the school. 

The school, which is smaller than the average-sized primary, first took pupils into Key Stage 2 in September 2014.