Uniform clampdown sparks anger

By Sara Bryce

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

 

Uniform clampdown sparks anger

AFTER school skirts were deemed too short, trousers too tight and shoes unsuitable, parents have slammed an Isle of Wight school after scores of pupils were sent home or put in isolation.

Following the introduction of a zero-tolerance approach to uniform at Ryde Academy by principal Dr Rory Fox, police were called after an angry exchange between parents and teachers today (Wednesday).

Parents told the Isle of Wight County Press they were furious after being forced to buy new uniform just four weeks before the summer holidays.

They said they were unsure what was acceptable and criticised the headteacher for refusing to talk to them.

Dawn White said said her daughter Arife had been sent home after her shoes were labelled unsuitable yesterday.

After replacing them, Arife was again sent home when her skirt, which sits an inch above her knee, was then deemed too short.

Another parent, who did not wish to be named, said the school had not telephoned her to let her know her 15-year-old daughter had left school, watched by senior members of staff, after being told her skirt was too short.

A statement issued by the school said uniform issues had arisen as the weather had improved, that extensive discussions with students had taken place and two letters had been sent home informing parents of yesterday's uniform inspection.

The statement said: "Parents were informed that if students’ uniform was still not correct on that date, then older students would be sent home to change and younger students would be educated apart until their uniform issues could be addressed.

"The governors and staff are conscious that we are preparing students for the world of work and so it is important that our students understand the importance of managing their appearance and working within the framework of a dress code."

• For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, June 20.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Margaret Brooker

20th June 2014, at 16:23:14

I was turning over the waistband of my school skirt back in the '60's so it's nothing new. This Mr Fox has certainly lost sight of his priorities, surely education is more important than worrying over uniform to the 'nth degree. As long as the school colours are worn that should be enough, these are the adults of the future, Mr Fox has almost bought back corporal punishment wiith his keeping a pupil isolated by herself for 6 hours. It's positively Dickensian. Maybe he should go back to running a prison, or back to Basildon.......

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by Ian S

20th June 2014, at 11:26:48

Should Dr Fox maybe concentrate on spinning his discs?

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by matthew eldridge

20th June 2014, at 09:18:28

personal attack

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by Tim Muncaster

19th June 2014, at 19:48:02

IMO there are many good reasons for schools to have a uniform policy and many good reasons for enforcing that policy. However, from the number of pupils currently deemed in contravention, it appears that nobody has taken the time to discuss these reasons and get the children 'on side'. In other words, educate them. This is a classic example of 'because I told you so' that all exasperated parents resort to at times.
Dr Fox's next plan is to move 'tutor time' to later in the day, ignoring the fact that this time has always been there to allow pupils to settle down ready for the day. Now, lateness will impact on academic time and is far more serious, neatly creating another big stick.
Dr Fox has shown that he has a poor grasp of human nature, life outside academia and a basic misunderstanding of how education works. He is a weak leader, a bully. He has lost the confidence of many parents, pupils and staff. I feel it is time for him to learn from his mistakes and resign.

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by john hanson

19th June 2014, at 19:40:09

It not just ryde medina are exactly the same

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by Marie Bevan

19th June 2014, at 18:42:34

Another thought! Even if the girls did have longer skirts they would still hitch them up to make them shorter!!!!
How do I know this !! Well that've what we did at school way back in the 60's !!!!!
Rant over !!!!!

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by lulu arnold

19th June 2014, at 16:59:16

sorry I have done my lines Sir .

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by lulu arnold

19th June 2014, at 16:59:10

sorry I have done my lines Sir .

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by lulu arnold

19th June 2014, at 16:58:21

habit....

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by lulu arnold

19th June 2014, at 16:58:20

habit....

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