POLICE will be patrolling outside a school this week after a vicious attack on a number of pupils.

Six teenagers at Ridgeway School in Wroughton were taken to hospital after a group of men jumped out of two cars and attacked students, leaving one with a broken jaw.

The trouble erupted at 4.30pm on Friday, and parents are worried that more violence could follow.

A 33-year-old woman, who did not want to be identified, has two sons at the school aged 14 and 15, who were both caught up in the violence. She says the attacks were random.

"Nothing like this has happened before," she said. "It was really frightening.

"My boys were going to go to the shop.

"Their dad was driving past the school and saw the cars with the men in and thought it didn't look right so he turned around to pick them up.

"By the time he drove towards them the trouble had already started.

"The men got out of their cars and attacked any of the pupils that were around.

"One of our boys was dragged across the road and was then beaten up.

"The other one was kicked and punched and there were other boys and girls being attacked as well.

"My husband ran over and the police turned up.

"We had to talk to the police before we took the boys to casualty.

"One had to have X-rays because he has a broken jaw and the other one has cuts and bruises."

She added: "I just want something done to make my children safe.

"I've complained to the school because I knew something was going on but they don't think there is a problem.

"I'm terrified something worse is going to happen.

"My boys were just in the wrong place at the wrong time but people have knives nowadays and I'm scared this could get out of control."

Another 39-year-old mother, who has a 15-year-old daughter at the school and an 11-year-old daughter who will join in September, said: "I saw the lads in the cars outside the school.

"It's so frightening to think kids have been hurt by adults in front of the school.

"Something needs to be sorted out before it gets worse."

Peter Lay, chairman of governors at Ridgeway said: "The executive of the school will be meeting today.

"The police are investigating the matter and there will be a strong police presence outside the school next week. Unfortunately these things do happen from time to time.

"Two senior members of the school executive were outside the school at the time and attended immediately.

"The police arrived quickly and the matter was dealt with."

Insp Ian Bamber of Swindon police confirmed that officers were called.

He said: "From our point of view any crime at a school premises needs to be looked at because there are a lot of potentially vulnerable children at the school.

"If we can assist in reassuring people by having a presence at the school while people go about their business we will do."

Police want to hear from any witnesses, who are asked to call 0845 408 7000.