A Sheffield headteacher has made a U-turn after parents hit out over a ban on students wearing coats outside during school time.
David Pearson, of Greenhill, Sheffield, whose 15-year-old son attend Meadowhead School, branded the policy ‘archaic’ before the ban was lifted.
He labelled the uniform policy ‘ridiculous’ and said: “I spoke to the headteacher and he said to me the children should ‘stay inside’ if it was raining or it was too cold.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable. Surely it’s a breach of their human rights – it’s disgusting. He told me that it’s to enforce students wearing school uniform.
“I can understand that but saying they can’t go outside with their coat on is ridiculous.
“Children can come in correct uniform and get reprimanded for wearing a coat.”
Students were previously advised to leave coats in their form room and pick them up before they go home.
Headteacher Steve Fowler said: “We’ve rolled this policy out last year for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils and we haven’t had any issues.
“On reflection as we rolled the policy out to the full school, we could have communicated it better to parents and pupils.
“We are keen to maintain high standards of dress at Meadowhead School.
“However, we understand the concerns that have been raised by some families about pupils being able to access their coats during the day.
“We are now making arrangements for them to be able to do this, so coats can be worn outside the buildings during breaks and lunchtimes.”
Another parent, who has two daughters, one in Year 7 and one in Year 11, said: “The school have said it to safeguard the children so they can see who is walking into school and that they attend the school, but I can’t see why they can’t just unzip their coats at the gates.
“It has been really cold, if they come down with something then it will affect their grades and attendance.”
Another parent with a daughter in Year 8 said the policy ‘made ‘no sense at all’.
The current uniform policy on the school website does not include anything about coats but does say students need to wear black shoes, black trousers, a school logo polo shirt and emerald green logo jumper.
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