A school is investigating an allegation of bullying - between mums.

West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School has received a complaint about mothers being intimidated as they drop their children off.

Reports of swearing, cigarette smoke blown at people, and obstruction of the school gates have also been logged.

Teachers are now standing outside the building, in Amberley Drive, Hangleton, Hove, to resolve any potential conflict during drop-off periods.

One parent, who wished to remain anonymous said: “Every morning is like a bomb has gone off.

“It’s just like going back to the playground. A small group of adults stand in front of the school and stop me dropping my children off.

“I’m not the only one - there’s a group of about a dozen who experience the same thing.

“As soon as we get out of the car we receive icy-cold looks and cigarette smoke directed at us."

A complaint about intimidation was lodged by a parent on Thursday.

Staff and governers at the school reportedly held an emergency meeting and discussed the issues with a number of parents the following day.

Rachel Simmonds, acting deputy headteacher of the school, said: "A complaint was brought to our attention and we began investigating it immediately.

"We are not aware of any clashes between parents before that date. We are an inclusive school and committed to providing a safe and enjoyable educational environment.

"The governors and senior leadership team are working together to resolve any issues raised."

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said:“We are undertaking a review of the travel plans of ten schools, including West Blatchington Primary, in conjunction with the school, governors and parents to find a sustainable and safe transport solution.

“Any concerns over parking have to be resolved with the full engagement of both the school and the parents.”