ANGRY parents have slammed a school which they say warned pupils to cut bows from their shoes or face isolation.
Mums and dads whose children attend Walbottle Campus, Newcastle say the school has been too strict in punishing their kids.
Parents whose kids attend Walbottle Campus say they have been told to cut ribbons from their shoes[/caption]
A text message was sent to parents saying their kids’ uniforms ‘do not comply’ with the school’s policy[/caption]
The school admits “names were taken” of pupils they believe fell foul of the strict dress code, before warning texts were sent to parents.
Some parents told ChronicleLive their children have been threatened with “isolation” unless they remove bows.
Stacey Keltie claims her daughters were collared by staff over their £40-a-pair black shoes topped with what she feels is a tasteful bow.
The mum-of-two forked out almost £200 kitting her kids for the new term.
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Stacey said: “Because they have the bow on, the school want me to buy them new shoes by Monday and if not the school said they will provide them.
“There is nowhere to buy plain black shoes that don’t have anything on, and for them to expect me to pull out more money is ridiculous.
“Shoes do not affect my children’s ability to learn.”
In 2018, the same school sparked parent anger over its crackdown on uniforms when a schoolboy was put in isolation for wearing the wrong shoes.
But it insists the rules on uniform at the 1,590-pupil school secondary are to maintain “high standards”.
The school’s dress code prohibits “shoes with bows or other extraneous adornments”, according to its website.
Parents say they received a text when their kids returned to school stating their shoes “do not comply” with the policy.
One mum told ChronicleLive she vowed to keep sending her daughter to school in the banned shoes – branding the saga “a joke”.
The mum raged: “I for one will not be purchasing a new pair.
“My daughter will be wearing the shoes she has as I found it very difficult to purchase a pair of plain black school shoes, as not even the smallest string bow is acceptable.”
My daughter will be wearing the shoes she has as I found it very difficult to purchase a pair of plain black school shoes, as not even the smallest string bow is acceptable
Another mum, who wouldn’t be named said she was particularly “annoyed” as her child wore the same shoes last year without question.
She raged: “Their uniform costs enough without having to pay for another pair of shoes, just so my child won’t be put in isolation.”
The school was branded inadequate in a damning Ofsted report earlier this year – after inspectors heard “racist and homophobic language”.
Head teacher Kerry Lord insisted staff were working hard in “addressing issues”.
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A spokesperson for Walbottle Campus said parents were advised by letter that some items within the uniform policy were being amended prior to the summer holidays and a reminder text was sent.
The spokesman said: “The full school uniform was checked as students arrived in school today and the vast majority of students had the correct uniform.
“Those students who did not have the correct uniform or other items as set out in the policy were sat in the gym until names were taken and then went to their lessons.”
Head teacher Kerry Lord insisted staff were working hard[/caption]