‘We don’t want some wearing trendy River Island or New Look items’ says Fenland principal as students sent home to change

Clare Claxton

Clare Claxton - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech school has apologised after some of its pupils went home or called parents to pick them up in a confusion over uniform.

Thomas Clarkson Academy had a one-day crackdown in a bid to make sure students were wearing the correct clothing.

If they lived close by and could go home to change then students were allowed to go, said principal Clare Claxton.

Some thought it meant they had to call parents, however, who were left disgruntled at having to take time off work to get them, she said.

Mrs Claxton said: 'I regret that about 12 parents had to take time off work to get their children, what should have happened is if students lived close by and were able to change their clothing items that were wrong they could go home.

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'Others were to be sent home with a note.

'We sent two text to parents telling them there was going to be a uniform crackdown and we had an assembly to warn the students.

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'We are looking for all students to be dressed appropriately, we don't want some wearing trendy River Island or New Look items as not all parents can afford those which means it is not fair.'

During the uniform crackdown day teachers were looking for skirts that were too short, trousers that were too tightly tapered on the legs, lack of ties and no blazers.

One parent, who asked to not be named said: 'I had to come away from work to get my daughter because she was told her trousers were too tight and were peg shaped, which meant they are too tapered into the leg.

'She has worn them since September so I can't understand why all of a sudden they were not good enough, they are smart and clean without fancy additions,' she said.

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