UPDATED: Parents have been arriving at Ryde Academy once again this morning (Thursday) to remove their children from the school grounds after they were deemed to be in breach of the strict uniform policy.
For the third day this week students have been inspected by members of staff upon arrival at school and have been either sent home to change or placed into isolation, which means separation from their peers and being removed from normal lessons.
It follows an announced crackdown on uniform by the headteacher, Dr Rory Fox, that has seen well-presented children punished for wearing the same uniform they have been wearing throughout the year.
One parent, who didn’t wish to be named, said that despite purchasing a new skirt to conform to the strict policy, her daughter had been told today that the her shoes were no longer acceptable, however were accepted by staff yesterday.
Gemma MacKinnon spoke to Island Echo and the BBC outside Ryde Academy and expressed her concerns.
Many parents have kept the young teens off of school today and are refusing to purchase new uniform just 4 weeks before the end of term. Those who have attempted to obtain the correct uniform have found that it is simply not available from the school’s suppliers.
The story has reached The Times, The Telegraph and The Sun newspapers and is set to feature on ITV’s Loose Women show this lunchtime.
There has been no indication from the school of backing down on the matter, despite the backlash from parents and guardians and the media coverage.
UPDATE @ 13:10 – The Academy’s headteacher has today said that he is considering bringing in a specialist to discuss the matter of appropriate use of make up with the female student population, especially to benefit those whose parents are unable to help them.
Dr Rory Fox, who has been met with a backlash from his student’s parents and guardians, has also said that bra straps should not be visible. Could this lead to a policy on underwear colour or the thickness of tops?