Parents have slammed a school for what they say are "severe" punishments for minor offences - including claims children are being disciplined for "yawning".

Pupils at Camborne Science and International Academy in Cornwall are also getting in trouble for not having a sharp pencil, parents claim.

They are angry kids are apparently receiving "Victorian" detentions for taking off a blazer during the heatwave and not having a clear pencil case.

One woman claimed that her son, in year 10, had spent just half of a day in lessons on his first week at school due to the "ridiculous" detentions - called 'reflection'.

Parents even claim pupils are getting in trouble for yawning.

Another parent wrote: "Honestly Camborne Science & International Academy has become a joke!

"Reflection for going to the toilet during lesson, reflection for going to the toilet during break and having to queue which resulted in being late to class, and another reflection for 'being distracted' during reflection when all she did was turn around when the door banged!

"It's a good job we spend time working on her education outside of school, as she certainly isn't getting an education IN school!"

Other parents claim that as many as 30 students were suspended in a single day during the first week of school.

All children put in 'reflection' are then sent to a "massive hall" for detention, according to concerned parents.

The rules have led to more than 1,400 local residents to join a Facebook community group campaigning for change at the school.

One parent claimed the punishments were "certainly taking the kids' confidence away",  adding: "Refusing a pupil of using the toilet if needed and depriving them of their lunch is against human rights absolutely disgraceful."

Another said: "If we as parents treated our kids the way the school does we'd have them removed from our care.

"Not in a million years would I EVER treat any of my kids like this or any kids for that matter."

Some parents have even withdrawn children from the Academy due to their strict behavioural policy, while others have called for the school to be inspected.

One parent wrote: "This school really needs to be inspected, children are losing valuable lessons time because of these Draconian measures."

A spokesperson for CSIA said that staff had been forced to "remind" students of their behavioural expectations at the beginning of the school year.

In a statement, they told Cornwall Live: "As an academy, we uphold the highest expectations for behaviour in order to foster a learning environment which empowers every student to achieve their potential.

"Whilst the vast majority of our students embrace these high standards, since the start of the academic year we have had to remind some students of the rules in place, which are consistently applied to all students, though it would not be appropriate to comment on individual circumstances.

"The only new rule this academic year was a requirement to have a transparent pencil case, a change which was well communicated before the end of the last term.

"Punctuality, organisation, good uniform and consideration towards others are essential core values necessary for personal success.

"As always, if any parents or carers have questions about how a policy was applied in a specific instance, they are encouraged to contact the academy directly through the usual and appropriate channels.

"In order to support continued excellence in teaching and learning across our academy, we are currently in the process of going through due diligence with Athena Learning Trust with a view to joining the Trust in the future.

"We have written to parents and carers explaining there will be an opportunity to consult before any final decisions are made and we will invite parents, carers and colleagues to take part in a consultation process in due course.”