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Parents furious as ‘fussy’ school bans ‘unsuitable’ Dr Martens shoes after they spend £109 on pair

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FURIOUS mother and father have blasted a school’s fussy uniform coverage after being advised plain black Dr Martens are unsuitable.

One guardian stated they spent £109 on a pair of the model’s plain black shoes earlier than being advised they have been unacceptable by Longcroft School in Hull.

One guardian spent £109 on a pair of Dr Martens solely to be advised they aren’t allowed
Parents of pupils at Longcraft School in Hull are fuming over the school's new uniform policy
Parents of pupils at Longcraft School in Hull are fuming over the school’s new uniform coverageCredit: Google Maps

Another mum stated she even messaged a instructor beforehand asking if the shoes met the brand new rules and was given the inexperienced gentle – solely to seek out out later that they have been unsuitable.

One guardian advised Hull Live: “I purchased these plain black leather-based shoes that haven’t any model labels on them for my daughter, I feel they are protected to put on for science however she was advised they are unsuitable.

“Instructions regarding school shoes need to be clearer.”

Another guardian argued: “Maybe if they can show me that my child wearing different shoes from what he has now makes a genuine difference to his grades, I would considering wasting more money on another pair of shoes.”

Several mother and father have hit out on the school’s shoe coverage because it modified final month, saying there have been no clear pointers given on what shoes they can ship their youngsters to school in.

Some of them are even refusing to observe the brand new guidelines and can proceed to ship their kids to school carrying banned shoes.

“All the parents in the country are facing the same issue, we should band together and continue to send the kids wearing whatever shoes they already have,” one stated.

Another added that perhaps the school must be focusing on the curriculum returning to in-person educating, quite than “fussing over what their children wear”.


The present ‘uniform’ tab on the Longcroft School web site emphasises that college students are anticipated to fulfill the school’s uniform expectations always.

This features a plain white shirt with high button fixed, a Longcroft School tie, a Longcroft V-necked jumper, black trousers or skirt and “plain black shoes”.

Items not allowed embrace hoodies, denim jackets, leather-based jackets, acrylic nails and any piercings aside from a pair of stud earrings.

Longcraft School initially advised The Sun Online: “We’re hopeful that, working collaboratively, we can find a way forward over the next few weeks and will continue to be in conversation with all who hold differing views about the merits of school uniform.”

But a couple of hours later it added: “We can confirm that black Dr Martens shoes continue to be appropriate footwear for our school and that we are happy for our children to wear them as part of their uniform.”

It comes after a mum was left furious after she found her son’s school had banned Kickers weeks after she spent £68 on a pair.

“DS [darling son] is starting secondary school next week,” she explained online.

“The school uniform regulations on the school website dictate that they wear black shoes (no trainer like shoes). Fine.”

The mum went on to say that she had purchased her son a pair of Kickers as she wished him to have “comfy” shoes that will final the whole lot of the 12 months.

Her earlier expertise with the “businessman” fashion shoes, she defined, was that they by no means lasted lengthy particularly when her son would play soccer at break time.

But it was when she spoke with considered one of her buddies, that she found the school had banned the shoes due to their seen branding.

“This is not on the main school uniform web page which is what I checked to get his uniform but on a sub page for new Yr7s which I had read but only skimmed over the uniform bit as assumed it was the same as the main page,” she wrote.

“I spent £68 on shoes, which in my opinion are common school shoes, he may not now be able to wear.”

Meanwhile, mother and father are being stung for as much as £3000 for childrens’ school uniforms regardless of a brand new legislation supposedly curbing prices.

The Education Act in April was meant to assist however the Government are but to publish steering for faculties.

It means many procuring this week for the autumn time period are forking out for expensive trousers, blazers, skirts and PE gear that faculties insist on.

Branded ranges can value greater than £100 for blazers and £65 for a full PE package, in comparison with £10 or £20 for related within the supermarkets.

In Bristol, full uniforms have been discovered to come back in at as much as £300.

A spokesperson for The Children’s Society stated: “Eye-watering costs have left struggling mums and dads having to make not possible selections between kitting out their kids and paying for necessities like meals and heating. 

“As soon as the Government’s delayed guidance comes out, we want schools to make changes so uniforms are always affordable.”

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