Penkhull school pupils sent home for wearing wrong shoes
PARENTS are furious after their children were sent home from school – for wearing the wrong type of black shoes.
Thirty pupils at Thistley Hough High School, in Penkhull, were told to leave lessons because they were wearing black canvas shoes instead of leather-look footwear.
Mums and dads are angry because they claim they were only told on Friday of the new stricter uniform policy – three days into the start of term.
Chris Coomer was furious when his three boys, Callum, aged 15, Reece, aged 14, and 13-year-old Cameron were sent home on Monday because of their canvas shoes.
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The 45-year-old, of Tolkien Way, Stoke, said: "They've changed the policy after we've forked out £100 on new shoes. We've offered to replace them with leather shoes when they need replacing, but not before. We can't afford to get three new pairs."
The driving instructor called the school and was told the boys would be sent home again on Tuesday unless their shoes were changed. Chris said: "My wife Louise wanted to keep them at home but the problem then is we'll get in trouble for not sending them to school."
Callum, who is studying for his GCSEs, was sent home again on Tuesday but allowed back in yesterday. He said: "It's just stupid. People are getting sent home for having the same pair of shoes they wore last year."
Alisha Wood's 15-year-old son Levi and nephew Cory, also aged 15, have also fallen foul of the new uniform rule.
The 43-year-old healthcare worker, from Penkhull, said: "The parents are in uproar. The school didn't specify what material the shoes were supposed to be. They say girls' skirts are too short, trousers are too high and people have the wrong haircut or colour."
Pam Window's 15-year-old daughter Rebecca Attwood was sent home for having a tint of red in her hair that she has had for about two years.
Pam, aged 37, of Trent Vale, said: "You can hardly see the tint and I think it looks fine. Some of the teachers have bright red hair. She looks smart and she gets A grades. This is her GCSE year and I don't want her sat at home."
Pam said she also had to borrow money to buy her 13-year-old son William Bell a new pair of shoes after he was sent home for wearing pumps.
Acting head Holly Hartley said the information had been sent home with pupils at the end of last year. She added: "We are trying to raise expectations across the school and uniform underpins this. The school is preparing the future generation of this city for the working world and how we dress does matter. This year, we've introduced a staff dress code too."
She added the school had a hardship fund and would work sensitively with any parents who wanted to use this.
She added: "We are trying to take Thistley Hough back to where it belongs as a top class school."