Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sent Home for Wearing Wrong Shoes; Twins' Parent Hits out at School's New 'Over-the-Top' Uniform Code

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sent Home for Wearing Wrong Shoes; Twins' Parent Hits out at School's New 'Over-the-Top' Uniform Code

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Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL

ONE of Tyneside's biggest schools was at the centre of a uniform row today.

According to parents, scores of pupils at Newcastle's Kenton School have been sent home recently for minor breaches of a tough new dress code.

Sheila Skinner, whose twin sons Jake and Anthony Anderson go to Kenton, said teachers were being "unfair and unreasonable" with the policy.

Mrs Skinner, of Montagu Avenue, Kenton Park, claimed dozens were sent home this week and last because their shoes were the wrong colour.

She described the school's actions as "over the top" with the end of term just days away, adding she is concerned for younger pupils who are sent home when parents are at work.

But the school's management said it is clamping down now, because it doesn't want parents wasting money during the six-week holiday, buying items that are not suitable.

Mrs Skinner said: "Several months ago, we were told by the school that all pupils had to wear black shoes or trainers.

"We accepted the changes and, as a parent, I know it is my responsibility to make sure that my sons go to school dressed appropriately. "However, the school keeps changing the goalposts. One of my sons has black trainers with a tiny green tick on them, the other wears simple black plimsolls, which have a small white dot at the top where the laces go through.

"I was told these were fine, but all of a sudden they are not acceptable any more and my sons are being sent home.

"Jake and Anthony are 15, so they have a house key, but not every child does and it's worrying that pupils in Year 7, who are 11 or 12, are being sent home when their parents might be out."

She added: "We were told to use black tape or a marker pen to put over any logos or colour, but who would want to spoil their shoes like that? "We are always being told of the importance of attendance, so for our children to miss lessons for something so trivial seems utterly ridiculous. …

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