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Pupils wearing the wrong style skirt sent home on first day
A GROUP of girls were sent home from a school in Hazlemere on their first day back because they were wearing the wrong style of skirt.
Sir William Ramsay in Rose Avenue introduced a slight change to their uniform this term with girls now being told to wear a pleated skirt.
On the first day of term 12 girls were sent home because they had the wrong skirt.
Derrel Beasley's daughter, who is in Year 10, was sent home and he said he was disappointed by the school's response.
He said: "If a child is not wearing a correct skirt, by all means give a detention but don't stop them learning."
Mr Beasley said he was shocked to hear a Year 7 was sent home on her first day, who was wearing the correct length with pleats, but it was not the correct box pleat.
He added: "To have only one particular style with a certain length and certain pleat pattern- if that's what the headmaster wants to do then that's fair enough.
"But then if a child does not wear that particular skirt to school- why should they not be able to learn because of that?"
Headteacher Mark Mayne stands by his decision to send the 12 pupils home.
He said: "We have warned parents- they all knew last term about the changes. We have to reserve the right to send students home.
"We never send students home without getting hold of the parents."
He said they expect 100 per cent compliance with the uniform code. Mr Mayne added: "We were concerned about the shortness of girls skirts. We wanted something more formal- that is the only change."
Some of the girls were allowed back in on Friday who could prove they had new skirts on order.
He said: "Parents and carers had six weeks to get uniform sorted. We are a school with fantastic results. We are very popular. It is a privilege to be at school."
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