Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Confiscating coats in THIS weather?? Nice one!!

The Daily Mail has a story of a Kent school confiscating pupils coats because they were not part of the official school uniform. Some children refused to hand their coats over and phoned their parents who supported them. Those children then went home, and the headmaster is treating it as truancy.

Read the original story HERE

Furious parents have blasted a school after it confiscated warm coats worn by freezing pupils - because they were not part of the uniform.

Angry mums and dads have branded the policy of Aylesford School Sports College in Aylesford, Kent, as 'outrageous' after it ordered students to hand over the non-school issue garments.

They described the attitude of teachers as 'disgusting' after the pupils - who had walked to school in -4C temperatures - were forced to hand over their jackets.

In total, the school confiscated 32 coats, and many pupils - backed by their parents after calling home on their mobiles - were sent home rather than comply.

Another mother, who did not wish to be named, said the school's policy was an abuse of health and safety rules.

She said: 'It's outrageous that they should be treated like this.

'It meant they couldn't go out at break time and get proper exercise because it was too cold.

'Whoever dreamt this up should be sacked.'

The school confirmed those sent home for refusing to obey the coat rules following the incident yesterday would be treated as truants.

Head teacher Doug Lawson said: 'We told pupils about the uniform policy and 32 coats were confiscated but only until the end of the day.

'We did not tell pupils they had to go home but eight pupils decided not to hand over their coats and, supported by their parents, left the school.

'We will be treating this as truancy.'

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