Dad loses cool in shorts row

Pictured is Keith Barber of School Road,Beighton....SON SAMUEL WOULD NOT BE PICTURED
Pictured is Keith Barber of School Road,Beighton....SON SAMUEL WOULD NOT BE PICTURED
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SHEFFIELD dad Keith Barber is getting hot under the collar - because his son Samuel can’t wear shorts to school when the weather turns steamy.

With temperatures earlier this week touching 27C, Keith, aged 37, says his 14-year-old son was struggling to cope with classes at Westfield Sports College at Sothall.

Westfield headteacher Andy Ireland said the school had a clear uniform policy and shorts were not part of that policy.

“To be part of the Westfield community students must wear appropriate uniform at all times,” he added.

Mr Barber, a digital aerial engineer, said the school had refused to relax its uniform policy to take the unusual conditions into account.

And when Samuel turned up to school wearing shorts, he was put in an exclusion class and made to study on his own all day.

Mr Barber, of School Road, Beighton, said: “It was roasting hot and yet the lads weren’t allowed to wear shorts, only their usual long trousers.

“It’s really unfair - after all the girls are allowed to wear skirts and keep cool but the boys have to carry on as normal. Samuel is really upset about it.”

Keith said the school’s disciplinary action against his son had annoyed him still further.

“It was ridiculous - it was just like they wanted to make a point about it,” he said.

Keith is planning to raise a petition among parents calling for a change to the school’s rules.

But he has been told it is unlikely to have any impact on policies this summer.