A FURIOUS parent has complained to a head teacher after her daughter was placed in isolation for breaking uniform rules.

Sarah Bowmer said 13-year-old Elly is unable to wear tights according to the uniform code due to a painful skin condition.

Instead she wears cotton leggings and the situation has been explained to staff at Carter Community School in Poole.

But Elly, who has only been at the school for a few weeks, has continued to be removed from class.

Sarah, of Longfleet Road, Poole, said: "Elly joined Carter just before Easter and wore her leggings with no problems for the first week.

"After that one of the teachers took offence to them and she was put in isolation. On one occasion I was called to the school to give her some medication because of a flare-up of her condition and I explained while I was there that she needed to wear her leggings. An hour later I got a text to say she was in isolation again."

Sarah added: "We were concerned about Elly moving to a new school but it all went really well for the first week and we were relieved.

"She is quite quiet and shy so we were worried. This is making it really difficult for her."

She said her daughter's skin condition is caused by an allergy to some fabrics and that she has tried, without success, to find tights which don't affect her legs.

A spokesman for Carter Community School said female students have a choice of trousers or skirts and said those who cannot wear uniform for medical reasons are asked to provide a doctor's note.

He added: "Carter Community School is a rapidly improving school which has set high standards of behaviour, uniform and attitudes towards learning.The overwhelming majority of students come to school each day smartly dressed in full uniform and help to maintain our high standards.

"Whilst we never comment on individual cases, where students have specific requirements relating to the uniform, such as financial, medical or religious, we will always work with them to help them adhere to our uniform policy."