The headmaster of a school in Sutton, Surrey, sent home dozens of pupils on Thursday morning.
Headmaster of Bishopsfor Arts College, Andrew Barker, said parents had been reminded of the rules twice in recent weeks that their children had to adhere to the rules regarding school uniform, yet 160 arrived yesterday morning dressed incorrectly. About 30 of them were then sent home, after the school telephone their parents to ensure they could be looked after, while others were told to work separately to pupils who were dressed properly.
"The majority of students (pupils) are in lessons and getting on with learning. We are aiming to get it right from the start. It's a smart but reasonable level of dress so they can take pride in their learning and themselves."
He also stated that any who were missing uniform because of hardship or shop shortages were told to bring a letter from a parent the next day explaining the situation. One mother complained that changes in recent years were expensive to keep up and her daughter had not been warned of the inspection. It doesn't seem she wrote a letter of complaint.
I'm right behind the principal Mr Barker. He has run the school for the past five years and is respected for the way he has improved standards and grades at the school. Good for him and I hope he continues to enforce the school rules until every child understands the discipline of wearing the same as the other 649 on the school roll.
As an aside why is it called a college when it's a school and why does the Head call children students and not pupils? Part of the politically correct decade I presume.