School criticised for ‘Big Brother-style’ uniform policy

The Mirror is reporting that parents have lashed out at a school’s new ‘Big Brother-style’ uniform policy, claiming it bans girls from having more than 25 curls in their hair.

Now, parents are threatening a ‘student strike’ over the uniform rules – amid claims students have to go through an ‘inspection line’ every day.

Wayne Goulding, 46, whose son attends the school, said he is also concerned about the school’s ‘strict’ discipline rules.

The former prison worker said he thinks students at De Warenne are being treated ‘worse than the inmates at HMP Lindholme’.

“They’re punishing them for anything. My son was given detention for putting on a coat when it was raining, because it was blue and not black.”

Gareth Mason, executive principal at the school, said: “I’d like to thank parents and carers for the support many have given to the change in the behaviour policy and the feedback given at a parents’ consultation evening.

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  1. @gov2 paulsnorman SchoolsImprove Can’t see anything about curls in the uniform policy published on the Mirror’s website.  The uniform policy appeared reasonable.

  2. DiLeed

    Janet2 paulsnorman SchoolsImprove Hair extensions are banned. Which must be tricky to police in any case and is discriminatory for Black girls with braids (not identified as an exception).  I surmise this may not be a very diverse community?

  3. Nairb1

    Last year’s OFsted inspection found that the school required improvement. The key areas for I provemnet both focused on the need to improve teaching and to improve school senior and middle leaders’ capacity to deliver those improvements. ‘Cracking down’ on uniform with trivial rules is often a mechanism used to give the impression of improvement.

  4. AnnNW

    I attended a school where uniform was optional! Bullying was very rare, we all got on with learning and nobody cared what anyone else wore. I then attended a school with a strict uniform policy, behaviour became much worse. The stricter the policies became, the more students looked for ways to express themselves as individuals and more time was wasted sending them home, to detention or to remove makeup. During exchanges in Europe, students wear their own clothes and yet manage to accept each other and get on with learning. Is there really sufficient evidence to suggest uniforms aid learning? My learning around conformity is that uniforms encourage people to act in a certain way  
    See Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison experiment (1973). This doesn’t mean that just because children wear a uniform, their behaviour will be good, they need to believe it means something good!!

  5. DiLeed Janet2 paulsnorman SchoolsImprove Good point.  Hadn’t thought of that.  In any case, how can hair extensions actually be spotted?  Most hair extensions, unless they’re a different colour, aren’t easy to spt.

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