A 12-year-old girl has been placed in school isolation for wearing the wrong type of skirt.
Mum Daisy has slammed the decision after she says she spent the entire summer trying to find a pleated skirt that would fit.
She 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 says the uniform row is damaging her daughter’s mental health.
She continued: “She has issues with her anxiety at the best of times and this really isn’t helping.
“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.
“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.”
The headteacher of the school says they have suggested a number of different options, including offering to tailor a skirt to fit Shylah’s measurement – but the family and school have not been unable to reach a compromise.
Headteacher for Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, Will Teece, 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.
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“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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