Schoolgirl, 13, put in isolation for wearing ‘tight’ trousers showing ‘too much ankle’

Hayley Short with her mum Lucy Daniels and the trousers that John of Gaunt provided (Image: Trevor Porter / SWNS)

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A schoolgirl has been put in isolation because her trousers were "too tight" and showed "too much ankle", her mum claims.

Lucy Daniels, 35, said her 13-year-old daughter Hayley's trousers were actually provided by John Of Gaunt School, with the complaint "beyond a joke".

The baffled mum is not the only parent at loggerheads with the school in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, with others deeming the protocols "ridiculous" and "inconsistent".

Lucy said: “It’s getting beyond a joke now.

"The trousers she’s wearing are ones the school provided for her because at the time we were still in lockdown and I could not go out and buy her any.

“She still wears the trousers to this day and still continues to get in isolation for the trousers the school provided.”

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Lucy's trousers were deemed to be too tight and show too much ankle, her mum claims
(Image: Trevor Porter / SWNS)

Lucy claims different teachers are applying the policy inconsistently – one teacher says the trousers are okay while another says they are unacceptable.

Similarly, fellow parent Lou Gover, 42, was told her daughter's legs were "too big" for the trousers she was wearing, and the school would keep her in isolation until she bought new ones.

“My 14-year-old daughter was sent to isolation on Monday for wearing trousers that were apparently too tight," she said.

“It’s ridiculous. We were told the trousers were fine a month ago but today the same trousers are not acceptable.

“The teacher told my daughter her legs were too big for that style of trouser. She’s only been wearing them for over a month after we had to buy new ones in April.

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“They told me they would have to keep her in isolation until they were replaced. I told them I would keep her off school.

“I have been offered a refund and have spoken to the head about comments made by teachers.

“This has gone on for months and caused a lot of stress where different teachers have different rules. It’s all costly and stressful for parents and the children.”

Paul Skipp, the school’s headteacher, said they have developed high standards and expectations and part of that is to be consistent in their approach to upholding the uniform policy.

He said: “Before half term we wrote to parents on four separate occasions reminding them that all students are required to be in full uniform. We are delighted that virtually all students adhered to the policy as they returned from half term.

“Parents of a small minority of children not in school uniform were contacted; they swiftly supported by bringing in the correct uniform whilst their children remained learning. By the end of the first day all students were fully complying with the policy.

“As a school we have recognised the economic difficulties of the pandemic and offered to provide uniform or reimburse any parent who is experiencing financial challenges, as we have done on many occasions.

“We would like to thank our parents for their continued support.”

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