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School sent boy home after 15 minutes on first day for wearing wrong uniform

Haley Dainton said her son’s uniform supplier had a 10-day backlog (Picture: BPM MEDIA)

A young boy was sent home 15 minutes into his first day of Year 7 for not wearing the correct uniform.

Hayley Dainton got a call from staff at Hanham Woods Academy asking her to come and pick up her son Oliver after teachers took issue with what he had on.

The Bristol school says it operates on a house system meaning that all students must wear the official school sweatshirt, white shirt and tie of the house they were put in.

Teachers noted that the 11-year-old’s boy’s black sweatshirt was not the official uniform one bearing the school’s badge.

Hanham Woods Academy, Bristol (Picture: Google)

He was also wearing white trainers, rather than the dark-coloured smart shoes required by the school.

Haley said that the only way to purchase a uniform is from a local shop which has been closed since the beginning of lockdown in March.

The store has a ten-day delivery backlog as it is only taking bookings online.

She said she had been saving up all summer to afford the uniform and criticised the school for not relaxing its policy.

Haley told Bristol Live: ‘It is a real struggle for parents on a budget to be able to afford this expensive school uniform and shoes, and I’ve been saving up as much as I could all summer. In the end, when I went to buy Oliver’s uniform I found there’s a ten-day delivery time, and it didn’t come in time.

‘I think it was the trainers that first caught their eye, but when they saw that he didn’t have the sweatshirt with the badge on, they didn’t let him go up to class, and then took him to a store to put on someone else’s stuff – he objected to this, and I understand why given the coronavirus, and they called me.

‘It was about 15 minutes or more after I’d dropped him off. I thought they were phoning to let me know he’d settled in ok, but no, they were telling me to pick him there and then.’

The principal at Hanham Woods Academy, Steve Kneller, has said that the school supported parents who needed help getting a uniform.

He said: ‘The Government has been clear about encouraging all schools to return to their usual uniform policies in the autumn term.

‘At Hanham Woods Academy we pride ourselves on having high expectations, including smart appearance, and were delighted at how well our new Year 7 students arrived at the academy yesterday (Wednesday) and our Year 11 students today.

‘During our inspection last year, which resulted in a ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted, the Lead Inspector commented on how smartly the students wear the uniform, and how the uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the positive tone and ethos of the school.

‘Where families ask us for support with uniform, we do of course
ensure that we offer support, including providing a uniform for those most who need it.

‘We look forward to welcoming all of our remaining students back to
school next week – we are genuinely excited to see them’.

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