Parents left furious after 30 children sent home from school because of wrong shoes
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Parents of 30 students at Taverham High School in Norfolk have been left fuming after their kids were sent home on the first day of term for wearing ‘incorrect’ footwear.
The school’s headteacher, Dr Roger Harris, confirmed pupils had been refused entry to a classroom on 6 September.
Harris explained he had emailed parents on 23 June outlining what footwear was and wasn't appropriate, and noted that some footwear deemed appropriate last term might not be this school year.
In his email, Harris warned parents that pupils not wearing the correct ‘smart black shoes’ would be turned away.
But parents were furious over the move, claiming it’s unfair of Harris to demand families pay for extra shoes amid the cost of living crisis.
Harris insists the school offered financial support, adding that in his opinion, enough notice was given to parents.
But Michelle Bull, 52, from Drayton, whose daughter was sent home, told Norwich Evening News: "I would understand if she went in wearing stilettos.
"It is unfair and disrupting her learning and will be an unauthorised absence for something as stupid as a pair of shoes. This is narrow-minded and insular.”
She continued: "The pupils have already endured homeschooling. I never complain but this riled me up."
Anna Eaves, 37, from Horsford, added: "For children to be turned away because of something on their feet is bad. There are a lot of frustrated parents. I'm reluctant to buy new shoes but I don't want him to miss out on school."
Expressing her frustration, Lucina May, 43, from Taverham, told the paper: "It is a complete disregard for parents in regards to the cost of living situation."
Self-employed estate agent May also shared that she’d been forced to ask her parents for the £64.99 her child’s new shoes cost.
Harris, who has been headteacher since January this year, said: "Changing uniform makes a change in outcomes and behaviour. It stems from us wanting to become one of the best schools in Norfolk."
Harris also noted that students who had travelled to school by bus were not turned away at the gates.
Tyla has approached Taverham High School for further comment.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the government had passed new legislation forcing schools to provide affordable uniforms for pupils.
Under the law, schools won't be able to demand parents pay unnecessary uniform costs. For example, branded items may be removed from uniform requirements, meaning parents can shop for cheaper options.