The BBC is reporting on the situation at a Birmingham school where it was suggested hundreds of children had been sent home for wearing the wrong shoes but that some have now been allowed to return with the same footwear.
Parent Anne-Marie Alder said she had been told her children’s shoes are now “acceptable” by Baverstock Academy.
The school in Druids Heath, Birmingham, implemented a new rule on Tuesday to make plain black shoes compulsory.
Some parents said the policy was harsh but the school said ample notice was given.
Ms Alder, from Druids Heath, said two of her children had been told their “polishable” shoes were now suitable, and her Year 11 daughter who is sitting exams and wore trainers had been loaned a pair by the school.
She said she was not given an explanation as to why the shoes were now deemed acceptable.
Ms Alder said the “ridiculous” decision on Tuesday had led to “chaotic” scenes and about 300 children were sent home…
Baverstock Academy would not say how many pupils were sent home on Tuesday and has not commented about why Mrs Alder’s children’s shoes are now acceptable.
Defending the initial decision to send pupils home, interim executive principal Sylvia Thomas said enough notice of the changes had been given, adding parents had given their support to her over the new rules.
Here’s the original BBC story from yesterday: Pupils in ‘wrong shoes’ sent home from Birmingham school
The school certainly seemed to be taking a tough line in the face of considerable criticism from parents in the original report, but looks like it may now have backtracked.
What do you think? Having made their position clear should they have seen it through or was a re-think the right thing to do?
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