Pupil sent home for not wearing the correct school uniform

A mum was left furious after her son was sent home from his new school after just 15 minutes for not wearing the correct uniform.

Hayley Dainton says she was ordered to pick her son up from school just minutes after he had arrived.

Her son Oliver, 11, wasn’t wearing the official school sweatshirt and had white trainers on.

Hayley said she had ordered the correct uniform after saving all summer, but it hadn’t arrived,  Bristol Live reports.

His school, Hanham Woods Academy in Bristol, operates a house system and requires pupils to wear the official school sweatshirt, a white shirt and a tie in the colours of the house they are put into.



Hayley said the only outlet to buy these items is a school uniform shop which has been closed to customers dropping in since March.

The store is taking online orders only, and has a 10-day delivery backlog.

She said: “Oliver was very smart, and I really tried to get him looking the part. He had a shirt, he had a black sweatshirt and he was able to borrow his big sister’s tie as she’s not back in til next week.

“It is a real struggle for parents on a budget to be able to afford this expensive school uniform and shoes, and I’ve been saving up as much as I could all summer.

“In the end, when I went to buy Oliver’s uniform I found there’s a ten-day delivery time, and it didn’t come in time.

“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.

“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.”

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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