Girls sent home from secondary school for carrying ‘inappropriate’ designer handbags

The Mirror is reporting that female pupils were sent home from their first day back at secondary school because they were using designer handbags.

Several of the students arrived ready for first day of the new term at the school in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, yesterday only to be told they couldn’t come in with their handbags.

In a letter sent to parents of All Saints’ Academy on December 18 last year, principal Dermot McNiffe said: “A school bag is an essential item for all our students.

“In keeping with our policy on excellent standards of uniform we are requesting students use an appropriate bag for school that will contain books and folders of an A4 size.”

Pictures of the kind of bags principal McNiffe deemed suitable, and the kind of designer handbags he did not, were included in the letter.

He added: “We have identified that there has been a lack of clarity on the type of bag to use for school, which has resulted in some students using designer handbags which are not appropriate for carrying exercise and text books to school.”…

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Read the letter to parents (see page 3 for the section on designer bags):

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Dermot McNiffe seems to have been very clear in his communication here so is he right to send home any students who turn up with the wrong bags?

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  1. The only possible reason for discouraging (but not banning) certain bags is if they encourage poor posture.  The best bags are those which are worn on the back.  Three of the ‘banned’ bags were just such bags. 
    That said, all the featured bags are preferable to plastic ones.

  2. Were only girls singled out?  Some of the featured bags (eg the Adidas one) were likely to be used by boys.
    Loved the Mirror picture – it suggesting uniform at the academy was a mini kilt with plaid thrown over a shoulder.

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