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PUPILS at Ysgol Penglais are to be banned from using mobile phones on the school premises in a move which is believed to be the first in Wales.

The Cambrian News reported “Headteacher Mair Hughes insisted the policy would help improve pupils’ mental health and their exam results and reduce bullying and anxiety.

But the phone ban has been given a mixed response from parents on social media.

Some have backed the ban and others have asked why the children can’t use their phones at break times.

Tanya Hawkes said: “I think children should be able to use their phones at break times.”

But Guy Baron said: “It’s a great idea. Most kids are on their phones far to much anyway. They don’t need them in school.”

The ban will officially begin in September but it will be introduced on a trial basis during the last four weeks of the current term. Phones will be taken off pupils seen using them and kept for the day in a safe.

The move comes just after UK culture secretary Matthew Hancock called on all secondary schools to ban phones.

It is believed that Penglais is the first school in Wales to ban mobile phones” here.

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