Boy sent home minutes after first day back at school in uniform row

An 11-year-old boy was sent home from school minutes after returning for the first time in months when teachers decided he wasn’t wearing the right uniform.

But Oliver was unable to buy the right uniform because the only physical shop that sells it has been closed to walk in customers since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Proper clothing can now only be bought online – and takes up to two weeks to arrive, reports BristolLive.

“I think it was the trainers that first caught their eye, but when they saw that he didn’t have the sweatshirt with the badge on, they didn’t let him go up to class, and then took him to a store to put on someone else’s stuff – he objected to this, and I understand why given the coronavirus, and they called me.

“It was about 15 minutes or more after I’d dropped him off. I thought they were phoning to let me know he’d settled in ok, but no they were telling me to pick him there and then.

“I am disgusted with the school’s expectations,” said the mum-of-five. “Most schools have relaxed their uniform policy until next term, as they understand the struggles parents have had with uniform orders because of the pandemic.

“My son has not got off to a good start at all, and it’s all down to being picked on about uniform,” she added. “He hasn’t even seen inside his classroom.”

“You would have thought they would have given him and me a little bit of time to get sorted, I have four children at school, and this is a huge expense,” she added.

Hanham Woods Academy’s principal Steve Kneller said the school supported parents who asked for help with school uniform.

“In its most recent guidance the Government has been clear about encouraging all schools to return to their usual uniform policies in the autumn term,” he said.

“At Hanham Woods Academy we pride ourselves on having high expectations, including smart appearance, and were delighted at how well our new Year 7 students arrived at the academy yesterday (Wednesday) and our Year 11 students today.

“During our inspection last year, which resulted in a ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted, the Lead Inspector commented on how smartly the students wear the uniform, and how the uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the positive tone and ethos of the school.

“Where families ask us for support with uniform, we do of course ensure that we offer support, including providing uniform for those most who need it.

“We look forward to welcoming all of our remaining students back to school next week – we are genuinely excited to see them,” he added.

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