Girl, 11, made to face the wall over ‘tiny’ earrings in school uniform row

School girl explains she was sent home because of her earrings

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India Lloyd, 11, has worn the tiny earrings containing a sliver of diamond from her great-grandma’s engagement ring since she was two years old. The youngster, who lost her dad to suicide three years ago, says the earrings make her feel “grounded and safe” and she was allowed to wear them throughout her time at primary school.

But she started seniors at Prescot School in Huyton, Merseyside, this month and teachers there pulled her out of classes.

India, who has struggled to deal with the sudden loss of her dad and is undergoing counselling, said: “They took me to the removal room and told me to sit down, and they read me the removal room rules.

“I got told I had to face forward and I couldn’t turn around.

“I was quite sad and upset because my earrings make me feel safe, but I didn’t want to miss any school because I like it.”

India’s mum Geraldine Lloyd, aged 43, had been in discussions with senior teachers at the school for the previous two weeks, and was happy to cover them with plaster or tape, but a decision was made on Tuesday the earrings would not be permitted.

The school, which up until this term allowed small studs to be worn by its pupils, has changed its policy to ban all jewellery, Liverpool Echo says.

I was quite sad and upset because my earrings make me feel safe

India Lloyd

Geraldine, who is a healthcare worker, said India sent her a text explaining what had happened.

“She told me she had to face the front and couldn’t look around, and she not been given any work to do or any lessons,” the mum added.

“I went straight down to the school and said I am taking my child out of there, I would rather her be at home with me than staring at a wall in there doing nothing.

“I was so angry because they pulled her out of art and she loves art.

“I just don’t think they are taking into account what she has been going through. She has been to hell and back in the past few years, and the earrings keep her grounded and make her feel safe.”

Geraldine, from Huyton, has called on the school to change its uniform policy.

“The earrings are so tiny, you can barely notice them. They told me they need to prepare the children for adulthood but this is not doing that, you are allowed to wear studs in a job when you work.

“I just think the school need to re-look at the whole outcome and their policies when the child has been allowed to wear the earrings from the age of 2-11.

“No policy is set in stone and there can always be allowances.”

Prescot School, which caters for more than 800 pupils, was rated as Inadequate by Ofsted after its last full inspection.

It says it is determined to ensure its “community is a happy place where every child is able to thrive.”

A spokesman for the school said: “At the start of any school year, but particularly after the challenges of Covid, it is important that we set out school expectations to ensure that our community is a happy place where every child is able to thrive.

“That is why we have made a significant effort to evolve our standards and expectations, all of which were communicated in advance of the summer break.

“We are delighted that students have come back so focused, and the atmosphere in the school has been really calm. That is, in part, down to us having much clearer boundaries about what is and isn’t allowed. Not only do we want to ensure that the rules are applied fairly and consistently, but we would also hate for such an important item to be lost.

“We will continue to support the student in any way that we can.”

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