Students sent home or put in isolation after breaking clothing rules at Grantham’s West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s

St Hugh's headteacher Susan Dench with pupils outside the school.
St Hugh's headteacher Susan Dench with pupils outside the school.
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Parents have voiced their anger after pupils were sent home or put in isolation by a Grantham school on the first day of the new term for not wearing the proper uniform.

A number of pupils, believed to be about 40, were dealt with by the West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s.

It was more the fact my daughter got sent home and missed lessons rather than just being asked to dress correctly the next school day

Tracy Carr, parent

The Journal’s Facebook page has been inundated with parents complaining about the school’s actions, but also those who believe the school is acting correctly.

One parent, whose daughter is a prefect at the school, said: “My daughter was completely humiliated for having a skirt above the knee rather than below. We couldn’t find a longer pleated skirt. The whole situation has been handled appallingly.”

Lisa Alexander said: “The new head is enforcing the rules that were always there. Both of mine were sent home yesterday, my son because his plain black trainer type shoes were not proper shoes and my daughter because her trousers were to right at the ankle. The trousers surprised me as they were from Asda’s workwear range, but I could see their point. My son’s black Nikes I had doubts about when I bought them, but did so because he had them before and they were comfy.”

Tracy Carr said: “My daughter went dressed the same as last year. It was more the fact she got sent home and missed lessons rather than just being asked to dress correctly the next school day.”

The new headteacher at St Hugh’s, Susan Dench, said the majority of pupils had started the school term dressed smartly and in the correct uniform.

Mrs Dench told the Journal: “To support parents before the start of term, we sent a text message to remind them about our fair and reasonable uniform policy; it is the same as last year. On our first day, we were disappointed that we had to call some parents and carers regarding uniform issues, however, we were pleased to find supportive families on the end of the phone, and most students were able to go home and get changed.

“Many businesses have a uniform or dress-code, so we are keen to help prepare St Hugh’s students for the world of work.

“Information about our uniform is shared on the website and is very clear. We require all students of The West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s to wear the correct uniform at all times.

“The purpose of a uniform is so the students feel part of the community and are proud to represent our academy. We support families by providing uniform so that all students are treated fairly. I have told the students in assembly 
this week that teachers want to discuss learning, not uniform.

“The message is simple: wear your uniform; follow the policy; talk about success. It is a ‘Think smart, be smart’ approach.”