Schoolgirl, 13, told to change trousers and socks because her ankles ‘could be distracting to teachers’


A SCHOOLGIRL says she was told to change her trousers and socks – because her naked ankles might be “distracting to teachers”.

Olivia Harrison, 13, claims she was ordered to costume in a unique uniform present in misplaced property all by means of her first week as soon as extra at a Leeds college.

Olivia Harrison, pictured right, and schoolfriend Lily Buchanan say they have been excluded from their Leeds college over their uniformCredit: MEN Media
Olivia says she was told her bare ankles would be 'distracting for teachers' by a member of staff
Olivia says she was told her naked ankles would be ‘distracting for lecturers’ by a member of employeesCredit: MEN Media

And the belief working John Smeaton Academy talked about that, whereas it is not going to be commenting on express particular person instances, it’d make “no apologies”.

Olivia told LeedsLive : “[The staff member] talked about I had to change my trousers and socks because it’s possible you’ll in all probability see my ankles and she talked about it was distracting for numerous pupils and lecturers.

“I mentioned, ‘Are you saying they are going to get turned on?’

“And [the staff member] said, ‘Well I wouldn’t put it like that.’

“She said my trousers showed my figure too much as well.”

The Year 9 pupil talked about she would not positioned on trousers from misplaced property – and was despatched into isolation.

But when she refused to alter to the punishment, she was excluded for 2 days.

She’ll face a further three days of discovering out alone when she returns to the classroom.

The teen’s mum Karen Harrison talked about her daughter is simply not the one one taken to train over uniform because the college was taken over by The Gorse Academies Trust at first of time interval.

“It’s got really bad the last two weeks,” she talked about.

“Olivia’s trousers are from Debenhams, they’re these she wore ahead of with no factors.

“Now I’ve got to order more trousers. They should be more interested in education and not what pupils are wearing.”


A spokesperson for The Grove Academies Trust talked about: “We have the proper requirements all by means of all areas of faculty life, whether or not or not or not that’s contained in the classroom, when it comes to behaviour and with regard to uniform.

“We make no apologies for this and are blissful that almost all of scholars abide by these requirements.

“However the place college school college students don’t meet them, now we have clear insurance coverage protection insurance coverage insurance policies in place.

“We do not comment on individual cases but can say we have not received a parental complaint on this matter.”

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