Mum blasts uniform policy after child banned from school for elasticated skirt

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A mum is furious 16-year-old daughter was banned from school by her teachers for wearing an elasticated skirt.

The incident came only a week into the new term at Robert Napier School in Gillingham, Kent.

The offending skirt rides just above the knee, and does not meet the school's strict uniform regulations because it is elasticated round the waist, and has no zip.

Leann, who relies on state benefits, said that her daughter was not allowed to come back to the premises until she found a more suitable item of clothing to wear.

She also said that their response to the situation had negatively impacted her family life.

Ms Hogg said: “It’s ridiculous. I didn’t know what to do. I had to ask my mum to pay for it or keep her at home because I don’t get paid until Thursday.”

The 41-year-old mum of two continued: “I think they have got their priorities all wrong. Because of lockdown, she has been off school and it’s crucial she gets back into the classroom for her studies.

“Instead, she’s put in a room where naughty kids are sent.

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“I’m lucky I had my mum to help out but a lot of people don’t have family around and some have lost their jobs during the pandemic.”

Another parent, who did not want to be named, complained after his daughter was put in “isolation” because her skirt – a cheaper option – was not bought from the uniform shop.

He said: “You would think after nearly two years off school, the staff would have more important things to concentrate on.”

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The school’s headteacher, Steve Quenby, responded to the complaints and said that parents were told what uniform was required more than once.

Mr Quenby said: “Following all of the uncertainty and anxiety last year as a consequence of the pandemic, and to enable staff to focus on driving standards through teaching and learning, we have been reminding students of the high expectations required by the school with regards to uniform, behaviour and mobile phones.

“Parents and students were reminded of these by letter in the run-up to the Summer holidays, during the Summer holidays, and following our return in September.”

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