NEW uniform guidelines at a South Derbyshire school have been branded unfair by parents, who say they should not have been brought in half way through the first term of the new year.
William Allitt School, in Newhall, has sent a letter to parents saying that ‘skin tight or stretch’ trousers will no longer be acceptable for pupils as they are deemed to be ‘inappropriate’ by the governing body.
But one mother, who has an 11-year-old daughter at the school, has hit back, saying it is wrong to expect parents to go and buy replacement uniform within the first half term.
Tracey Webster, of Howden Close, Newhall, said: “They sent out a letter which, in my opinion, was targeting girls, saying they had to have the right trousers by the next Monday. I didn’t know what the consequences would be. At other schools girls have been put in detention or isolation.
“We’ve had to go out and spend £50 on three pairs of trousers because of that letter. It shouldn’t be the issue. The issue should be kids going to school and learning.”
Mrs Webster’s daughter Demi Parker started at the school in September, and went to class wearing ‘Miss Sexy’ style trousers which are made of tight-fitting stretch fabric.
Demi said many other girls wear the same trousers. “I don’t think it’s necessary to change it. It doesn’t really matter what we wear. Some girls wear very short skirts, and that’s worse,” the year seven pupil said.
The school’s acting head teacher Michael McCandless acknowledged the guidance could have been given out earlier, and added that he had told teachers ‘not to be concerned’ with tight trousers, despite the letter which was sent out, leading to a wolly and ‘misleading’ message, Mrs Webster said.
He said: “The issue is mostly with pupils wearing jeans.
“Parents have bought their uniforms for this year and we don’t want them to be going out buying new uniforms.”