Mom slams school for ‘pettiness’ after daughters sent home for wearing bad shoes
The parent said she spent new shoes for her two daughters, which were described as school shoes in the store, but the school classified them as boots.
A single mother has blamed a high school for sending her daughters home on the first day of term for wearing the wrong shoes.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, slammed two pairs of shoes for the start of the school year.
But the school said it was not following uniform policy and classified them as “boots,” BerkshireLive reported.
Now the mom said she couldn’t afford to replace the shoes until next month.
“I’m a single mother. I’m a self-employed person and I don’t make a lot of money. The shoes I bought for my daughters are quite expensive,” she said.
“The school skirt alone costs £ 25, but if I had been to Tesco I could have bought one for £ 10.”
The girls have since been allowed to return to class, but with the understanding that the shoes will be replaced by October 30, but the mother said she “can’t promise I will be able to pay for them.”
She said: “My daughters were so anxious to go back to school because they missed it so much because of the pandemic.
“If my washing machine breaks down then, I’m going to pay to fix it, not buy new shoes.
“I just don’t understand the meanness of the way schools deal with parents having no money.
“We do our best to make them look clean, smart and respectable, but they punish and penalize our children.”
The mother said she “met 20 students” while walking through a local park which she said had also been sent home.
“Me and the school don’t agree on the classification of their shoes, but they were sold as school shoes,” she said.
School vice-principal Mary Morris said: “If you have a school uniform, it’s reasonable to expect students to wear it.
“We did a full consultation with parents in March and every parent was invited to give their opinion.
“As a result, we instituted blazers and recognized the cost to parents, so the trust funded one blazer for each student.
“We then finalized our uniform policy and sent it to parents in April and sent out several reminders. We were very clear on the uniform requirements.
“We just have a very small number of students who for some reason didn’t follow the uniform policy. We wrote to all the families last week to send them the uniform policy again.
“We have really done everything we can to clarify our expectations.”
Ms Morris mentioned that only a small number of students were sent home because of their uniforms and the rest looked “incredibly smart”.
The school’s uniform policy states that “brown shoes, sneakers, Ugg boots, boots and canvas shoes” are not acceptable and that “students who do not conform to the code of the uniform will be disputed by the staff “.