Nicholas Trench calls to ‘get rid’ of school uniforms
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Daisy Johnson has been put in isolation at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus in Groby, Leicestershire, and her family fears this will hugely affect her education. Her mum Shylah Johnson spent the entirety of summer trying to find her a pleated skirt that would fit and found that off-the-peg black pleated skirts wouldn’t fit properly due to sizing issues.
Despite visiting shops such as Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Matalan, and Primark over the holidays, Daisy and her partner, Dharmesh Patel, had no option but to send their daughter to school wearing a plain black skirt, instead of a pleated one.
But the headteacher says the school offered to help tailor a skirt to fit Shylah but the family and school have not been unable to reach a compromise.
And so Shylah was placed into isolation last week for having the incorrect uniform on, Leicestershire Live reports.
She’s being discriminated against, really, because she doesn’t have a body shape for their uniform policy
Daisy Johnson, Shylah’s mother
Daisy said: “We have spent hundreds of pounds ordering skirts that didn’t fit and returning them, we’ve tried everywhere. But because she has wide hips and a small waist the skirts don’t fit properly.
“So we had to get her a regular skirt that does fit, but she was immediately sent to isolation because of it not being pleated.
“She has missed two tests already this week because she can’t be in full-time education, all because her skirt doesn’t have pleats in it.
“She’s being discriminated against, really, because she doesn’t have a body shape for their uniform policy. The school even gave us one of their skirts for her to wear and it doesn’t fit at all around her waist.”
Daisy, of Groby, has spoken with the school to try and resolve things, and despite having discussions with school representatives, she has been unable to reach a compromise.
She said: “They told us to just turn it down and wear it like that for now, but there’s a lot of gap off her waist and it doesn’t fit.
“It’s not like she doesn’t want to wear the school skirt. She is in Year 8 and wore one throughout her first year. But she’s had a growth spurt over the summer and her old one doesn’t fit.
“She has issues with her anxiety at the best of times and this really isn’t helping.
“The school has told us if they let her wear a plain black skirt, others will use it as an excuse to wear one. But it’s not the case for her, they should be punished for breaking the uniform policy willingly, Shylah would only be breaking it because she has no other option.”
Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, rated as Outstanding by Ofsted after the last visit, said it offered a number of different options to try and help get Shylah back into classes.
Will Teece, headteacher of the school which caters for more than 1,500 children, said: “The school has had the same uniform policy for many years, we’ve provided the family with a skirt, offered to take them to the shops, and offered to have it tailored – bit it simply seems like she doesn’t want to wear the skirt.
“We’ve got 1,500 other students who have not had any issues with their uniform and have settled well into the start of the new academic year.
“We’ll do all we can to offer support to students to get them the right uniform, and everyone else on campus is in the right uniform.
“We’d like nothing more than to get the student back into full-time education, and we feel we have offered more than enough options for the parent and student to do this.”
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