The crowd of children gathered to watch a fight between two girls which had been publicised on WhatsApp.
Many of the youngsters turned up to the pre-arranged fight after school in their uniform as the violent incident was captured on a mobile outside the New Cross school in south London.
The police officers, who were both in their uniform, were patrolling the area when it is reported they noticed a large knife being hidden by a young male.
After trying to break up the crowds the officers were quickly pinned in by the children before a swarm started attacking the cops.
Tensions rose and the children surrounded the officers before the male cop was thrown to the floor and kicked in the head multiple times by the youths.
Police officers were attacked by the schoolchildren
The female officer was attempting to fight off the vicious children and was punched before she eventually managed to drag her work colleague back to his feet.
Seconds after the attack the male police officer was sat on the floor looking bewildered at what had just happened as the students fled the scene.
The officers looked round to see another fight start behind them which they then again rushed to intervene in.
After the incident, the male officer was taken to hospital where he was treated for severe bruising.
The police officer manages to drag himself to his feet after the brute charge by schoolchildren
They were like a pack of feral wolves
One resident told The Sun: “There was a fight, then the police turned up and were attacked by the kids. They were like a pack of feral wolves.”
Ken Marsh, chairman of the rank-and-file Metropolitan Police Federation branch, said: “This film is truly shocking. These images highlight the dangers that police officers face day in and day out while patrolling the streets.”
Police officers were reluctant to use their batons in fear of being accused of going over the top with the schoolchildren.
The fight was organised by two girls from different schools. Following the incident a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspension of causing actual bodily harm on November 9 at around 4pm.
Police officers are aware that a number of people captured the event on their phone, which took place in Goodwood Road near the junction with New Cross Road, and are calling for witnesses to come forward and speak to the police.
Detective Sergeant Jenny White, of Lewisham Police, said: “I’m appealing to anyone who witnessed this shocking attack on two officers to come forward and speak with us, particularly anyone with mobile phone footage of the incident.
“It happened at a very busy time of the day and there would’ve been a large number of people in the area.
“These officers go to work every day to keep the public safe and this demonstrates the dangers the police can face while carrying out these duties.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Lewisham CID on 020 8284 8365 or 101 – alternatively get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.