Ryde Academy uniform row continues

By Ross Findon

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

Ryde Academy uniform row continues

Pupils at Ryde Academy have been disciplined for wearing the wrong uniform, sparking a row with parents at the Isle of Wight school. Picture by Laura Holme.

UPDATED 15:38*

THE row over uniform policy at Ryde Academy continued today, with principal Dr Rory Fox maintaining a hard line.

This morning, in a talk to students who had been made to study in isolation for wearing the wrong clothes or shoes, Dr Fox defended his stance, claiming it helped to prepare people for the world of work.

Many parents have hit out at the school however, after scores of youngsters were pulled out of lessons or sent home, for what they said were minor or confusing issues regarding their uniforms.

They include children being disciplined for wearing shoes with the wrong coloured soles, skirts just one inch above the knee and others falling foul of the rules despite wearing clothes bought from one of the school’s official uniform supplier.

Addressing students today, Dr Fox said he was aware there was unhappiness, but asked students to bear with them while they dealt with something that was a problem.

"If you go to work in a bank or a supermarket, anywhere you go, people will talk about dress and one of the issues that sometimes happens is that people will say your trousers are too tight, your dress is too short or your top is too strappy or whatever. These are things that employers have to say to people in the work place," said Dr Fox, who said he had been thanked by some people for tackling the issue.

But dozens of parents have contacted the Isle of Wight County Press to complain their children have been unfairly penalised and were missing out on important lessons.

One parent, in a comment posted on a Facebook page set up by those angry about the situation, said: "I did ask this morning what the staff's dress code was as I regularly see females in high heels and with coloured hair. Was told this was also being addressed. I wonder if any of them flouting the rules were sent home or put in isolation?"

Others have raised concerns about inconsistency and safeguarding issues surrounding children being sent home without parents being notified.

*Isle of Wight Council has confirmed that since Tuesday it has received two applications requesting to move students from Ryde Academy to other schools, however no reasons were cited in the requests.

• For more on parents’ reactions and an interview with Dr Rory Fox, please see tomorrow’s Isle of Wight County Press on Friday June, 20.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

21st June 2014, at 06:37:21

Uniforms are an important part of the children's education as already voiced, the problem today is that it seems the roles are reversed are far parenting goes with the children dictating to the parents. Until this very issue is reversed then there always be a problem in my opinion.

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by Alan Bennett

20th June 2014, at 19:56:34

I worked in an Island High School for 18 years and watched as uniform policy under one head relaxed and the in became a fashion show, thos who could afford it came in posh/designer clothing and the have-nots in whatever they could find that fitted. This caused jealousy and resentment and resulting fighting/bullying. Once a new head restored an effective and sensible uniform strategy the problems disappeared. There will always be students [mainly girls] who will poll up skirts and adjust clothing to be provocative to the opposite sex, this needs to be dealt with promptly, fairly and even handedly and ALL staff need to adhere to the same standards when disciplining students over uniform code.

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by Leigh Perry

20th June 2014, at 19:15:38

I work in a bank, no-one has ever checked out how tight my trousers are!

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by RobiN BoX

20th June 2014, at 18:06:06

Agree that standards need to be met, within reason - but sometimes common sense would be a Good thing for the ' Staff to Learn ' --

I remember my son being excluded from Medina High School in his Wheelchair for 2 MONTHS + !
Because the handles on his wheelchair ( Supplied By NHS ) were 1" too high ! - ' Health & Safety '
Its a Great World we live in -
Personally I think if the schools insist on Uniforms they should pay for it 100% - THEN they can insist on what you wear !

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by Mike Cave

20th June 2014, at 14:52:17

Just goes to show that standards and the IW levels of attainment are less citical than what students wear! Unbelievable!

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by Steve Williams

20th June 2014, at 11:19:43

I agree with school uniforms and something called discipline.

If you let them, some girls would turn up with tiny skirts that show their knickers, thongs sticking out of the back of their trousers etc and smothered in make up.

Uniforms make sure that all children look exactly the same so they can focus on their education rather than their mascara smudging or who has the most expensive trainers.

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by Nikki Rose

20th June 2014, at 10:34:39

If you go to work in a supermarket or a bank you are provided with a company uniform, you are not expected to buy what they want you to wear - except the shoes. If the issued uniform is ill fitting, it is generally because it is either the wrong size or you have a body that does not conform to standard sizing and you will never get some something that fits you properly - unless it is made to measure. The uniform is also appropriate for the kind of work you are doing. Prepare them for the world of work by issuing the uniform you wish them to wear, just like many companies do. Parents will no longer have to bear the cost of schools changing their mind/rules on a whim. As for the issue of dropping acid or heavy things potentially falling on feet not wearing leather shoes, perhaps you should be issuing steel toe cap boots/shoes, just like many companies 'in the world of work' do when H&S requires it! The world of work is not just business suits and smart leather shoes

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by Angela Reed

20th June 2014, at 09:24:05

I overheard a conversation in a Ryde Supermarket yesterday and apparently the pupils hemlines were being measured !! If this is true it's outrageous. Yes I agree that pupils should conform to uniform rules but this is way over the top.

by IWCP Online

20th June 2014, at 09:23:43

@R Mason Thank you for comment. We have referred to the safeguarding and education concerns in the story above, as well as parents' accusations of hypocrisy. You can see further coverage of those concerns in today's Isle of Wight County Press. Ross Findon (web editor).

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by Rona Quinn

20th June 2014, at 09:11:23

I totally agree with R.Mason. If Ofsted were to 'drop in' unannouced I wonder what they would make of 120 pupils sat in a hall in silence with only their very basic needs being met. for the sake of clothing, rather than any immoral behaviour. The headteacher needs to meet the adults, ie parents, instead of shouting in the hall at the pupils.

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