School accused of putting children into isolation for trousers being too short
Pupils have been sent home from a school for breaking uniform rules by shortening their trousers to keep up with the latest fashion trend.
Several parents are said to have had to collect their kids from the Gloucester school because their trousers don’t reach their shoe laces.
It has been claimed pupils at Holmleigh Park High School are trying to get away with cropped trousers – but the school was not impressed with the trend.
An ankle-biting trousers paired with white socks and trainers or dress shoes is currently in fashion.
But the school has insisted the school trouser length should sit on the shoe laces and be no shorter, reports Gloucestershire Live.
There are claims one pupil was even placed in detention and isolation as their trousers were too short.
Greenshaw Learning Trust runs the school. Its chief executive William Smith said: “Our expectation is that all students present themselves in-line with school policies and Holmleigh Park offers support to all parents to ensure all students wear the correct uniform.
“If any students or parents have queries regarding our behaviour and uniform policy they should contact the school directly.”
The school did not comment on the claims that pupils had been put in detention or sent home for uniform issues.
It was claimed several parents were seen collecting their children from the school in Tuffley last week as a result of similar uniform issues.
The Greenshaw Learning Trust took over the reins of the school, which was called Beaufort Cooperative Academy, last year and transformed it on to Holmleigh Park High School.
The Trust brought in a new uniform policy – which provoked controversy.
The issue has split people on social media, with some stating they believe the school should maintain a strict stance on uniform.
One person said: “Wear the correct uniform. Problem solved. They are being prepped for the bigger world.
“When they have a job there will be expectations they will need to meet and it is our responsibility as parents to make sure they understand the importance of rules to set them up nicely for adulthood.
“Sometimes things don’t seem fair but that’s life I’m afraid. It’s a good lesson.”
Another added: “Buy correctly fitting trousers, no isolation. Easy really.
“My son is at Holmleigh Park and has had no issues regarding uniform. Any problems that have arisen I’ve spoken to the staff and it’s been sorted.”
But others said they think the school was putting too much emphasis on uniform, and not on teaching.
One person posted: “Power-crazy nonsense. It has nothing to do with preparing children for ‘the real world of work’.
“In most jobs the uniform guidelines aren’t anywhere near this strict! In most office jobs you can wear what you like as long as it’s smart and tidy, and in jobs which do require a specific uniform they will usually provide it for you!
“I’m all for children getting used to wearing a uniform and looking smart, but the severity of Homeleigh’s guidelines and the inconsistent way they’re policed are nothing but a power trip.”
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