Dressing Down from the Head for the 5ft 10in Girl Too Tall for Her Uniform

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Dressing Down from the Head for the 5ft 10in Girl Too Tall for Her Uniform


Byline: Daily Mail Reporter

IT'S not easy being a teenager who is taller than many adults - as 5ft 10in high Sherry Austen knows only too well.

One of the problems facing the 14-year-old is finding clothes to fit, especially for school.

But her struggle to find a skirt long enough to obey the rules elicited no sympathy from teachers.

Instead, she was taken out of lessons to be told off by the headteacher and ordered to change it or find a another school.

Her inclusion in the school crackdown, along with 200 other pupils judged to be infringing uniform rules, left her in tears and her parents furious at 'bully boy tactics'.

Sherry had struggled to find a skirt with a hem just above the knee, as dictated by the rules.

The shop recommended by the school could not help, so she and parents Mike and Jeannette searched the shops. They settled on what they thought would be suitable, a [pounds sterling]7 plain black skirt from Asda, ready for the start of term this month But on Sherry's legs, measuring 36in, it was 2in short of the guidelines at Nailsea School, near Bristol.

Headteacher David New then called a special assembly to tell Sherry and the others that they had broken the strict policy on uniform.

Her parents were sent a letter saying that if she wore the same skirt she would be sent home until she had 'appropriate dress'.

Mr Austen, 62, a retired airline pilot, said: 'What I don't appreciate is my daughter coming home in tears after being told she may have to apply to another school. That is fairly frightening to a child of 14.

'She said many of the other students were crying after the telling off.

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