PARENTS have reacted with fury after 120 schoolkids were removed from class on their first day back for wearing the ‘wrong shoes’.
Pupils at Ashby School in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leics, were given uniform guidelines ahead of returning to school on Tuesday following the summer holidays.
Ashby School in Leicestershire took 120 pupils out of lessons for wearing the wrong uniform[/caption]
But some parents accused the school of ‘getting it hugely wrong’ after hauling children out of lessons until they were dressed within the rules.
The school’s website includes pictures of appropriate footwear – describing them as a “leather or leather look and must be a traditional shoe that can be polished”.
It adds: “Canvas shoes, trainers or trainer-style shoes and boots are not acceptable. Dr Martens shoes may be worn but not ankle or high boot types.”
Writing on a community Facebook page, one parent said of the school’s actions: “Totally inappropriate and completely unnecessary when a letter home would have sufficed.”
Another added: “I purchased what I thought to be a rather sensible robust smart piece of footwear. The argument isn’t about having the wrong shoes it was being isolated from lessons for a whole day without prior warning.”
In a school of 1750 students, the vast majority arrived at school in correct uniform
Geoff Staniforth, headteacher at Ashby School
But some parents agreed with the school’s stance, with one writing: “It’s down the the parents plus you can get pretty much anything delivered next day now so no excuse about no time or money. There’s always something out there for everyone.
Another said: “Rules are rules. I’m sure that if the parents don’t like it they would be welcome to send their children to another school.”
The new uniform policy is understood to have applied to all school pupils excluding Year 11 – pupils aged 15 and 16 and in their final year before GCSEs.
Geoff Staniforth, headteacher at Ashby School, said in a statement: “A new, smarter and more formal uniform has been introduced for Year 10 students, following a thorough consultation process involving parents, staff and students last year.
“Our new uniform policy has been widely welcomed by students, parents and the wider community.
“Guidelines on appropriate footwear were circulated to parents. Images of appropriate footwear can also be found on the school website.
“Parents were made aware of the consequences of not conforming to the new uniform policy.
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“In a school of 1750 students, the vast majority arrived at school in correct uniform.
“However, we were obliged to draw the attention of a relatively small number of students to the new uniform guidelines.
“These students were supervised by staff and provided with work to do while their uniform issues were resolved.”
Canvas shoes, trainers and boots are among the shoes banned by the school[/caption]
Scores of parents complained on a local Facebook group[/caption]