Schoolgirls forced to line up to have length of skirts measured, parents claim

Schoolgirls have been forced to line up at the start of the day to have the length of their skirts measured, it has been claimed.

Parents said they are furious over the strict “last-minute” rules over uniforms at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy in Edlington, Yorkshire.

Multiple parents alleged their children were ordered to line up at the start of each day to have skirt lengths measured.

Parents have shared their outrage on Facebook as some have pointed out that the uniform provider Pinders could not provide skirts that adhered to the dress code after a “last-minute” change in the school’s policy.

A spokesperson for the school said communication was sent to parents in June ahead of the new term in September, explaining the policy.

One parent told the Free Press that the teacher cut her daughter’s skirt at the hem to have it go past her knees.

The skirt had reportedly been bought two days earlier

The mum said: “It’s anything from school shoes to hair bobbles that they’re controlling. My daughter hates going to school, it’s like a prison.

“My other daughter is due to go soon and doesn’t want to, she’s afraid of going there.”

She added that her daughter is still in “isolation” because of her skirt length.

Another parent alleged teachers tried to force their daughter to wear clothes provided by the school that was too big.

A parent wrote online: “My daughter has just told me they pulled her to one side today and said her shoes are not acceptable … they are the same shoes that are on the school website saying they are.

One added: “Last year they made her miss her actual exam to exclude her for her uniform. Tried telling us she could resit but forgot to mention the fact that it was over £100 from our pocket for her to do so.”

Another posted: “Had to pick my daughter up in floods of tears today due to makeup, she wears minimal makeup for school and was made to scrub it all off, then when she did she was accused and shouted at for not wiping it all off.”

A spokesperson for Sir Thomas Wharton Academy told The Mirror: “At Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, we believe in always setting and expecting the highest standards. The academy’s high expectations and standards have contributed to the improvements seen in the academy over recent years and were praised by Ofsted in its recent Good Ofsted inspection.

“In June, all parents received a letter, and the Uniform Policy, clearly reiterating our uniform expectations. On the first day in September, 99 per cent of students arrived in perfect uniform. A handful of students arrived in incorrect uniform and were offered brand new items, free of charge, to enable them to correct their uniform. A few students still refused to correct their uniform and the academy engaged with their families to try to resolve any outstanding issues.

“Student uniform is checked on entry to the academy each day to maintain the high standards. However, any reference to skirts being measured is simply untrue and quite frankly, would not be possible in a school of 1000+ students.

“All students have access to the toilets throughout the day. During lesson time, the toilet blocks are locked and are opened by ‘on call’ staff when they are needed. At break and lunch times, the toilets are all open for students to access freely. Students are encouraged to use the toilet during social times and can request to use the toilet during lessons.

“Any parent or any visitor is welcome to come and see us in action at any time, it is a great academy and one we are very proud of.”