A school that caused uproar by banning skirts as part of their uniform has sparked further controversy after girls were sent home because their trousers were considered too tight. This is from the Daily Mail…
Moulton School and Science College, in Northampton, introduced strict new uniform rules at the start of September to ‘avoid the sexualisation’ of pupils. Skirts were banned after schoolgirls repeatedly wore them above the knee.
But now headmaster Trevor Jones has caused further upset with his crackdown on skinny-fit trousers, or those with visible studs, labels, zips, non-black stitching or metal buttons.
The head has ordered staff to send pupils home or teach them in isolation if they turn up in the legwear, which he claims would be ‘more at home in a nightclub’.
The school’s website also states that anyone not wearing the correct uniform will be offered second-hand clothing if available.
Angry parents have described the policy as ‘over-the-top’ and have even likened conditions at the school to a prisoner of war camp.
Zelda Allen, 45, whose daughter Tammi, 13, was placed in isolation for the day for wearing skinny-fit trousers, said: ‘It is like Colditz. It is an extremely strict punishment for not wearing the right trousers.
‘I think the school is taking it too far, it’s way over the top.
‘The girls are going to rebel if they keep doing this. They are much happier at school if they are more comfortable with what they are wearing.
Parents are also concerned that the punishments are a threat to their children’s safety.
Rebecca Barford, 33, whose 14-year-old daughter was also taught in isolation, added: ‘Being taught on her own means my daughter misses her bus home as isolation ends after the usual end time of school.
‘As I cannot collect my daughter this is a great concern for me.
‘I feel it is not safe for her to make her own way home and I also think that this is a ridiculous punishment for simply not having trousers that make her feel very self conscious and unhappy just because the headteacher of the school wishes girls to dress like boys.’
Headteacher Trevor Jones said students in ‘skinny fit’ trousers would be made to work in isolation until their parents could pick them up from school.
He said: ‘When an issue becomes prolonged, either because the student deliberately wears incorrect uniform, despite possessing the correct uniform, or because the student, with the parent’s agreement and despite previous attempts to resolve the issue, refuses to purchase and wear the correct uniform, then we will contact the parent and ask them to collect their child and return them correctly dressed.‘