Mum blasts ‘pedantic’ school for punishing daughter ‘for showing too much ankle’

A Year 10 student was pulled out of lessons for showing less than an inch of ankle in her school trousers.

Angry Lea Scott, whose daughter Paige Bradwell attends Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford, near Nottingham, says the school's uniform policy is unfair.

Lea, 33, claims Paige is regularly told off and even pulled out of lessons by teachers who tell her that her trousers are too short – despite knee length skirts being allowed.

And she says it is only because her daughter has grown out of the trousers and buying replacements gets expensive.

Lea told Nottinghamshire Live : "She's grown a bit in the last few months – by the sounds of it lots of students are being punished because of issues like this.

"In my opinion, the school is just a bit backwards. She can wear a skirt but not trousers that are slightly short?"

In the school's uniform policy, available online, it states that pupils are expected to wear the school's uniform "with pride".

It says trousers are expected to be "plain style covering the ankle and the sock" and that they "must touch the top of the shoe".

Lea continued: "I am a single parent with another child on the way, buying uniform all the time is expensive. I just don't know what to do anymore – it's an ongoing battle."

"They've really come down on it in the last few months. I think she was showing a centimetre and a half of ankle – that's how pedantic they are being.

Last year one school sent 70 pupils home for school uniform violations.

The pupils were sent home for not wearing their uniform properly, with one sent back for "unpolishable shoes."

According to the new headteacher of Broadlands Academy in Keynsham, Bristol, a strict policy applies to all students.

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One of the parents, Emily Evans said she was unhappy after her son called her to pick him up because his school shoes were ‘not polishable’.

The 33-year-old hairdresser, whose son is dyslexic, said the length of time away from school had already greatly impacted his education.

She said: “I have forked out on private tutoring throughout, despite not being able to work due to Covid.

“I lost more money today due to being called into the school, to which I’m very upset as I’ve lost a lot already.”

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