Uniform clampdown sparks anger

By Sara Bryce

Published on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:50


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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