School threatens pupil with a month’s detention over ‘inappropriate’ footwear


A schoolgirl was threatened with detention for a month over her “inappropriate” footwear, with the college forcing her mother to exchange them inside 24 hours.

More than 100 college students at Tollbar Academy in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England have been hauled into a gathering after failing to appropriate uniform points in a single day.

Angry mother and father hit out on the faculty after their children have been separated from the others over an issue with trousers and footwear.

One mother was left livid after her daughter’s black Vivienne Westwood footwear have been deemed inappropriate.

She instructed GrimsbyLive: “I obtained a letter saying that she could be in isolation for the entire of January if we didn’t change her footwear.

“However, we got lower than 24 hours to vary this and I couldn’t afford to vary them both.

“I didn’t perceive why she needed to change her footwear although as she’s worn the identical ones since yr seven.

“She hates faculty now and is depressing when she goes and when she comes again. I’m all for following coverage, however this appears a bit excessive.

“I do know one woman acquired put into isolation and had a panic assault over it as a result of she’d by no means been instructed off earlier than.

These shoes were deemed inappropriate by the school.These footwear have been deemed inappropriate by the college.Family handout

“It’s irritating that that is occurring. If the scholars are naughty then effective, however we weren’t given sufficient time to vary issues so I’m somewhat upset that that is what has occurred.

“I’ve been threatening to pull her out if this carries on.”

The uniform coverage states that pupils should put on black, flat footwear, and bans trainers, coach type footwear, canvas footwear and boots.

Any footwear which have giant elaborations on the entrance are usually not permitted, ‘such as bows or hearts’.

Trousers should be black full size, sensible and tailor-made constituted of non-stretch materials, and can’t be tightly fitted to the leg or cropped to the ankle, in keeping with the college’s web site.

Karen Marriott, 50, has a stepdaughter in yr 10 and claims there may be nothing improper along with her trousers.

She mentioned: “My stepdaughter was put in isolation for having socks that weren’t lengthy sufficient and that confirmed her ankles when she sat down.

“I obtained a cellphone name from the college on Tuesday night time telling me her trousers have been too tight so I checked her trousers and there was positively nothing improper with them.

“In the tip, she was put in isolation and ended up lacking a chemistry examination due to it.

A spokesman for Tollbar Academy said: "Tollbar Academy has a strict uniform policy which all students and parents are made fully aware of prior to joining the Academy.“Tollbar Academy has a strict uniform policy which all students and parents are made fully aware of prior to joining the Academy,” a spokesman mentioned. Google Maps


“Kids have gotten GCSEs to fret about, this isn’t what they want. They’re additionally not in a position to get a scorching meal whereas they’re in there and might solely have sandwiches.

“I feel sorry for the kids who are being persecuted by all this. Some are suffering greatly because of it all and some have gone home terrified, it’s ridiculous.”

A spokesman for Tollbar Academy mentioned: “Tollbar Academy has a strict uniform coverage which all college students and fogeys are made totally conscious of previous to becoming a member of the Academy.

“The uniform coverage promotes a way of belonging and equality in our group, and the overwhelming majority of our college students and their mother and father comply totally with this coverage – for which we’re very grateful.

“Unfortunately, a small variety of college students haven’t been complying with this.

“Despite quite a few reminders, assemblies and enter from type tutors all through the autumn time period, some college students have continued to not comply with the rules.

“We recognise {that a} important a part of our function is to arrange college students for all times outdoors our gates – for instance, on this planet of labor the place they could be required to comply with a costume code.

“In addition, in wider society all of us have guidelines and expectations to comply with.

This article initially appeared on The Sun and was reproduced right here with permission.

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