A mum is furious 16-year-old daughter was banned from school by her teachers for wearing an elasticated skirt.
This happened just one week into the new term at Robert Napier School, Gillingham, Kent.
The skirt, which is just above the knee, does not conform to the school’s strict uniform regulations. It is elasticated around the waist and has no zip.
Leann, a state-reliant mother, stated that her daughter was forbidden from returning to school until she had found the right clothing.
She said that her family’s reaction to the situation had adversely affected their lives.
Ms Hogg said: “It’s ridiculous. I didn’t know what to do. I had to ask my mum to pay for it or keep her at home because I don’t get paid until Thursday.”
The 41-year-old mum of two continued: “I think they have got their priorities all wrong. Because of lockdown, she has been off school and it’s crucial she gets back into the classroom for her studies.
“Instead, she’s put in a room where naughty kids are sent.
“I’m lucky I had my mum to help out but a lot of people don’t have family around and some have lost their jobs during the pandemic.”
Another parent, who did not want to be named, complained after his daughter was put in “isolation” because her skirt – a cheaper option – was not bought from the uniform shop.
He said: “You would think after nearly two years off school, the staff would have more important things to concentrate on.”
The school’s headteacher, Steve Quenby, responded to the complaints and said that parents were told what uniform was required more than once.
Mr Quenby said: “Following all of the uncertainty and anxiety last year as a consequence of the pandemic, and to enable staff to focus on driving standards through teaching and learning, we have been reminding students of the high expectations required by the school with regards to uniform, behaviour and mobile phones.
“Parents and students were reminded of these by letter in the run-up to the Summer holidays, during the Summer holidays, and following our return in September.”
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