Furious mum claims ‘prison’ school told her to send kids elsewhere after daughter banned from class over £75 Kickers


A FURIOUS mum claims {{{that a}}} “prison-like” school told her to send her kids elsewhere after her daughter was banned from class over sporting £75 Kickers.

Mum Emma Squires has blasted the school’s “military-camp-style” uniform safety which put her daughter Ella, 14, in isolation for just about per week due to the footwear she was sporting.

Emma’s 14-year-old daughter was banned from lessons for sporting the £75 KickersCredit: Supplied

She requested a instructor prior to the summer time season journey if the footwear met the mannequin new authorized tips and was given the inexperienced gentle – solely to uncover out two weeks prior to the school began that they’d been unsuitable.

A letter with regard to the model new suggestions was despatched to dad and mom by Leeds’ John Smeaton Academy in mid-August, which was as of late taken over by the GORSE Trust.

It acknowledged that every one branded footwear will not be allowed however Emma had already purchased new kickers for her kids, Ella and Charlie, 11.

The 14-year-old went to school final Friday – however has been in isolation till correct this second. 

Emma told the Sun Online: “It’s like a navy camp and so they even have to endure uniform checks one after the other on the school gate. 

“Some kids positioned on branded footwear resembling Dr Martens however they’re good. I requested if I’ll merely take the tag off the Kickers however they talked about ‘no’. It doesn’t make sense.

“I solely purchased Kickers due to they’re sturdy. My daughter walks dwelling from school day-after-day and she or he needs some good footwear, notably if it’s raining.

“My son has specific needs and it was already a battle to get him to positioned on the Kickers, however now they’re saying you could have the flexibility to’t positioned on them. 

“It’s like they are making up the rules as they go along. One of my friends has bought her daughter four pairs of trousers but she was still excluded from school. It was ridiculous.”

She went to the school to choose Ella up from isolation on Tuesday, the place she was given a booklet to do for the day and a sandwich for dinner.

Mum-of-three Emma talked about there have been spherical 20 dad and mom furthermore ready to choose their kids up due to components with the school’s uniform safety. 

John Smeaton Academy was caught in uniform controversy earlier this week, the place a 13-year-old schoolgirl was told to change trousers and socks due to her ankles “could be distracting to teachers.”

Emma added: “I couldn’t give it some thought, it’s like a jail. Not solely was she lacking out on schooling, nonetheless in addition to was left ravenous.

“How can a small sandwich be enough? It’s like they’re discriminating in opposition to my kids due to my decisions.


“There’s no readability on the principles every. One instructor would possibly say it is acceptable and others say it is not.

“Ella has been sporting Kickers for 3 years and we on no account had an issue with them.

“They said the rules were there to help get their grades up, but what’s the science or logic in that?”

Having paid over £150 for Ella and Charlie’s Kickers, she had to purchase one totally different two pairs that match the school safety – which she thinks will want to get modified each couple of months.

The school has now told her that kids can positioned on Kickers on the best way through which whereby to school so long as they alter to the Dolly footwear on the school gate, which they’ve geared up to present.

Emma added: “I had to take Ella out to purchase footwear on Wednesday and I had to send photos to her instructor to double-check throughout the event that they’d be okay.

“She was lastly allowed in lessons however one totally different teenager who’s bought the same pair went into isolation.

“The school has talked about to me and some fully totally different dad and mom that we must always on a regular basis begin fully totally different colleges if we’re not sticking to the principles. 

“I’m seriously thinking of leaving the school, the only thing is that Ella is in Year 10 and all of her friends are there. It’s going to be a tough decision.”

A spokesperson for the school talked about: “We take into consideration that every one school faculty college students ought to be sensible and well-presented, and can adhere to the uniform safety.

“We are devoted to excessive requirements in all areas of the school, whether or not or not or not that’s classwork, behaviour or uniform, and we make no apologies for that.”

A spokesperson for The GORSE Academies Trust talked about: “The notion would wish to categorically clarify, that at no stage, have we or would we encourage any little one or household to search a spot at one totally different school as this will likely symbolize off-rolling.

They talked about that the claims are “categorically untrue.”

The GORSE Academies Trust formally took over the working of the school on the 1 September, nonetheless, the incoming Principal wrote to all households in July to define uniform expectations, together with a sequence of assemblies all through which uniform expectations was strongly communicated to all school faculty college students.

The mum was forced to buy new shoes for her kids after the ordeal
The mum was pressured to purchase new footwear for her kids after the ordealCredit: Supplied

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