Schoolboy sent home after 15 minutes for not wearing good clothes


A schoolboy’s first day at a new school lasted less than half an hour after they sent him home for not wearing the proper school uniform.Bristol mum Hayley Dainton got a call from Hanham Woods Academy staff asking her to come pick up her son Oliver as teachers noticed he was not wearing the required uniform.

The 11-year-old was minutes away from his first day in high school when staff noticed that his black sweatshirt was not the official school uniform, with the insignia of the school on it.

He also wore white sneakers, rather than the dark-colored smart shoes required by the school, Bristol Live reports.

Hanham Woods Academy operates a house system and requires students to wear the official school sweatshirt, a white shirt, and a tie in the colors of the house in which they are placed.

Hayley said the only outlet to purchase these items is a school uniform store called Initially Yours in Soundwell, but the store is closed to customers who have come since March due to the coronavirus.

The store only takes online orders and has a ten day delay in delivery.

“Oliver was very smart, and I really tried to get him to watch the part. He had a shirt, a black sweatshirt and he was able to borrow his big sister’s tie because she is not back until next week, ”she added.

“It’s a real struggle for parents on a budget to be able to afford that expensive school uniform and shoes, and I saved as much as I could all summer. In the end, when I went to buy Oliver’s uniform, I found that there was a ten day delivery time and it hadn’t come on time.

“I think it was the trainers who got their attention first, but when they saw he didn’t have the sweatshirt with the badge on, they didn’t let him go to class, then the took them to a store to put on someone else’s stuff – he objected to that, and I understand why given the coronavirus, and they called me.

“It was about 15 minutes or more after I dropped it off. I thought they were phoning to tell me he had settled in, but no, they were telling me to look for him right away.

“I am disgusted with the expectations of school,” said the mother of five. “Most schools have relaxed their uniform policy until the next term because they understand the difficulties parents have had with ordering uniforms due to the pandemic.

“My son hasn’t got off to a good start at all, and it’s all down to being picked for the uniform,” she added. “He didn’t even see inside his classroom.”

“You would have thought they would have given him and me some time to sort it out, I have four children at school, and that is a huge expense,” she added.

Hanham Woods Academy principal Steve Kneller said the school supports parents who ask for help with school uniforms.

“In its most recent guidelines, the government clearly encouraged all schools to revert to their usual uniform policies in the fall,” he said.

“At Hanham Woods Academy, we pride ourselves on having high expectations, including a smart appearance, and we were delighted with how our new 7th grade students arrived at the academy yesterday (Wednesday) and our 11th grade students today.

“During our inspection last year, which resulted in ‘good’ judgment from Ofsted, the lead inspector commented on how smart the students wear the uniform and how the uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the positive tone and ethics of the school. .

“When families ask us for help with the uniform, of course we make sure we offer support, including providing the uniform to those who need it most.

“We look forward to welcoming all of our remaining students to the school next week – we are really delighted to see them,” he added.


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