ANGRY parents have accused one school of treating their kids like "caged animals" over uniform rules – as one mum says her son has been banned from wearing Clarks shoes.
Moorside High School in Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent has found itself on the receiving end of a backlash at the beginning of the school year.
Uniform policy means students can not wear branded shoes like Hush Puppies and Nike Air Forces, while reports also say pupils have fallen into trouble over make-up and the material of their skirt.
While the school insist the rules have not changed, parents have complained about the "military-style" checks that they allege have been implemented.
They say kids who fall foul of the uniform rules are put into "isolation rooms", which are now reported to be "full with rule-breaking children".
One mum told Stoke-on-Trent Live that because her child's Clarks shoes resembled Nike Air Forces, her eight-year-old child got into trouble.
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She said: "They are there for an education – they are not there to be treated like caged animals. They are putting them in isolation rooms and not letting them mix with their peers at lunch breaks or anything – they are eating their lunch in these rooms.
"My son has been checked four times. The head says once he has found my child with this footwear on, he will be going in isolation. I said ‘over my dead body’.
"He wears Clarks school shoes. There’s been a hall full of children in isolation and then the isolation classrooms have been full too. There’s quite a lot.
"If something is not broken, don’t fix it. We’ve never looked at a Moorside pupil and thought they look really scruffy."
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The school have defended their uniform rules and insisted they have communicated clearly with parents and worked to ensure a "smooth transition".
Headteacher Darryn Robinson said: "Our uniform creates a sense of identity and community for our pupils. These changes represent a wider part in raising standards within the school as well as continuing to create a source of pride. The uniform policy has not changed.
"The school communicated clear guidance on all aspects of the uniform and worked with parents, guardians and pupils from June last year to prepare for this September.
"Changes were made in June following consultation with parents with final adjustments made this September to avoid additional cost implications for families.
"We have worked closely with families to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. Students in school are provided with appropriate work, linked to their curriculum at all times.
"We continue to work closely with families to ensure the highest expectations and outcomes for our learners."
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