Mum furious as daughter told new £20 school shoes are ‘inappropriate’

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Kate, who did not wish to give her surname, said she had bought her daughter a pair of £20 black school shoes before the start of the new school year. However, she claims that the school – Ossett Academy – forced the 12-year-old to change into a pair of spare shoes owned by the school, after teachers deemed hers to be “inappropriate”.

Kate claims her daughter, who is in Year 8 at Ossett Academy, West Yorkshire, was told she had to change her shoes as they feature two gold clasps on the top of each shoe. Kate says she was threatened with detention if she returned to school in the same footwear again.

Ossett Academy says it provided clear guidance on uniform requirements before the start of the academic year and that it had even bought uniform for students whose parents are facing financial difficulties.

Despite this, Kate, 41, says a number of parents have complained about similar issues and claimed some children had been told they must cut tassels or clasps off their shoes themselves.

“It is absolutely ridiculous,” said Kate, speaking to Yorkshire Live. “The school planner says ‘black school shoes’ but they then changed the rules to say that the shoes could not have any embellishments. Everyone had already bought their children’s school shoes.”

Kate claims the rule change was brought in six days before the start of term. Ossett Academy says it first made parents aware of its uniform policy through a letter sent out in June.

According to Kate, her daughter was given a pair of oversized shoes by the school which have “hurt the back of her heels”. The 41-year-old said: “It is not like she is wearing high heels. She was told ‘I can’t believe you have got away with those’. She was sent to the office to wear shoes the school had provided. She has hurt the back of her heels because of them.

“Other children have been made to cut chains off their own shoes without the teachers knowing their situation at home. They had been bought in advance and we did not expect them to change the rules so close to going to school. Parents are really annoyed about it.

“Children are getting told off for something that is not their fault.” Kate continued: “My daughter had to hand her shoes over and she was given another pair. She can’t go back in those shoes because she has been told she will be put into detention.”

Kate said she is now having to alter her daughter’s old school shoes so that she is not put into detention.

“If they want to (introduce the policy) that is fine – but they gave us six days notice before they started school,” she said. “It is not affecting her education and it is not like she is wearing heels. They are shoes that are sold as school shoes. There is nothing wrong with them.”

A spokesperson for Ossett Academy said the school has taken a number of steps to “fully support parents with the cost of uniform”. They said: “All pupils and parents were provided with clear guidance around our uniform requirements before the start of the academic year. This has included an offer of support for any parents who are facing financial difficulties.

“We have indeed purchased the uniform for several of our pupils. We have worked with the local authority to support the distribution of uniform vouchers to our families in greatest need. We have provided elements of uniform free of charge to all of our pupils and reduced the number of uniform items requiring a logo.

“No pupil has been sanctioned, told off or threatened for not having the correct uniform. Instead they have been offered a replacement either on loan or free of charge. We have a number of pairs of different shoes for pupils to try on and we work with them to find a pair that fits them comfortably.

“In some cases, where parents are unable to pay for items of uniform, and/or replacement uniform such as shoes, we have offered vouchers for our uniform supplier to cover the cost of any new items that need to be purchased.” 

They added that an assumbly was held “providing pupils with the information they needed to support their parents/carers with the purchasing of any new uniform they required.

“A further communication was sent in July on the last day of term and again on September 1 repeating the offer of support and the guidance around the purchasing of uniform.”

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