School uniform row: one in four students put into "isolation" or sent home to change for wearing 'wrong' uniform (From Bournemouth Echo)
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School uniform row: one in four students put into "isolation" or sent home to change for wearing 'wrong' uniform
A QUARTER of all students were either sent home to change or removed from classes for uniform infringements at Poole’s Magna Academy, it has been confirmed.
Academy principal Richard Tutt has defended his school’s tough stance on uniform policy, which angered some parents during the first two days of term last week.
Several parents contacted the Daily Echo complaining the academy reaction was “over the top” but others backed the action.
One angry mum, Anne-Marie Lewis, said her 12-year-old daughter was taken out of normal classes for wearing socks with a skirt.
Another, Leanne Till, said her 11-year-old son Marc had his bag confiscated because it had a logo on it.
However, Mr Tutt said: “As you are probably aware, the predecessor school, Ashdown Technology College, was in special measures from February 2012 until July 2013 and had very low expectations regarding standards and uniform.
“As outlined in our uniform policy, we believe that the highest standards of uniform and personal appearance are essential to promote a culture of excellence.
“It is our vision for the academy to become outstanding by 2015.”
Many of the affected students were able to be dealt with quickly, as uniform infringements included excessive make-up, wearing nail varnish or bringing the wrong type of bag, said Mr Tutt.
“Where the uniform infringement was not able to be corrected at the academy and students were able to return home with parental consent, they were sent home to change,” he added.
“Once a student had returned and their uniform was correct, they were sent back to normal class immediately.
“Some students were removed from lessons for a longer period of time where the uniform infringement was not able to be corrected at the academy and they were not able to return home.”
Mr Tutt reiterated the uniform policy had been “clearly communicated to existing and new parents since April” and that he was “very proud” of the vast majority of students who met the Magna uniform requirements.
The academy is operated by Aspirations Academies Trust.
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