Children sent home from school for wearing the wrong shoes
Dozens of children were sent home on their first day back at school – for wearing incorrect footwear.
RSA Academy in Tipton sent letters out to parents over the summer regarding attendance and standards. Bosses said all students must wear formal, polishable shoes.
But on the first day of the new term, the school said a ‘small minority’ of students were turned away over footwear.
Principal Daulton Redmond said: “All students are expected to wear the correct uniform in order to maintain the highest of standards.
“Our uniform has been agreed through our parent council.
“Before the summer holidays we held assemblies with students and contacted parents by letter, text, social media and our website to ensure that they were clear about expectations.
“Over the break we answered a number of queries from parents, clarifying the uniform code.” He added: “[On Wednesday] a minority of students came to school without the appropriate uniform.
“We have contacted parents to inform them and the vast majority have recognised the issue and sought to work with us in remedying the matter quickly.
“We want the best for our students and believe that if they look smart, they will be in a better frame of mind for learning.”
Parent Donna Arnold said her 15-year-old son was among around 50 sent home from his first day.
She said: “I was never contacted by letter about trainers not being allowed.
“My view is wearing lace up polished shoes won’t make our kids come out with all A grades. It makes me angry, my son always looks smart.”