A furious parent claims her daughter’s school is a ‘mini prison camp for kids’ after teachers removed her from lessons for wearing ‘inappropriate shoes’.
Jodie Hartill said she is stunned that her 13-year-old daughter Jordan was thrown out of class at De Warenne Academy for wearing shoes with a bow on them.
The 32-year-old of Denaby Main said the strict rules at the Conisbrough academy were getting out of hand
She added: “I only had a phone call from the school the day before saying how well Jordan was doing and then the next day I’m getting a call to say she has been removed from lessons because of her shoes.
“The teacher told Jordan she should be ashamed of herself and take more pride in her appearance.
“She always goes to school looking smart, she was wearing black, flat, dolly shoes which is what the school ask for but they said they were inappropriate because they had a bow on them.
“The school wont even let pupils wear a boot it has to be a black dolly shoe and that’s what these were.
“I’m not saying pupils should be able to wear anything they want but sending her out of lessons so she is missing out on her education just for having a bow on her shoes seems ridiculous.
“I think this is too extreme. It’s becoming more like a mini prison camp for kids than a school.
“Jordan is in the top set of all her classes. I really don’t think a bow on her shoes is going to affect her education.”
Mrs Hartill says she spent £32 on her daughter’s shoes and thinks it is unreasonable to be expected to shell out for another pair.
She added: “I have five children and it costs a lot of money for me to get all their uniforms. If the school want to refund me the £32 I paid for Jordan’s shoes then I’ll get her some new ones.”
Principal Gill Pollard said: “The academy has a clear uniform policy which is published on the website, in the prospectus and in the student planner.
“The shoes that Jordan was wearing did not adhere to this policy.
“Jordan initially worked in the Study Zone – not isolation – this morning but then returned to her normal lessons after choosing to wear black shoes provided by the academy.
“Later in the morning she was taken out of her lesson at the request of her father and taken home.”