A pair of trousers bought from a high street fashion retailer have sparked a row after a school banned them for being “too tight”.
Ian Gerrard headteacher at Ysgol Aberconwy, in Conwy, North Wales, claims a pair of slim-fit black trousers from New Look do not comply with the school’s uniform policy.
That is despite the £15.99 clothing being located in the Back to School section of the Llandudno store.
Pupils who wear the trousers have been told by teachers they could be put in an isolation unit, unless they stop wearing them, reports the Daily Post.
Tina Williams, from Conwy , whose 14-year-old daughter Keira wears the New Look trousers to school, said: Most of the girls at the school wear the same trousers from New Look, so are they going to put half the school in isolation?
My daughter wears these trousers because they are comfortable, she doesn’t like baggy trousers.
In my opinion they are black trousers and are in the back to school section in New Look, so there’s no problem.
I’m refusing to change them as I’ve spent a lot of money buying them, and if Keira gets put in isolation then I’ll take her out of school.
Emma Dawson, a mum of four, said: My daughter has been wearing this exact same type of trousers from New Look for four years, and there has never been any problem.
I will not be impressed at all if my daughter is put in isolation as she’ll be doing her GCSE’s this year and I don’t want her education interrupted.
Ian Gerrard headteacher of Ysgol Aberconwy: It is true we operate a strict uniform policy, and pupils need to adhere to them on their return to school.
The pupils who aren’t wearing appropriate uniform won’t be immediately put in isolation, but it could ultimately lead to that.
He said the situation regarding the trousers will be reviewed and the deadline to change them could possibly be extended.
Mr Gerrard added: Skirts need to be knee length, and trousers should not be too tight.
“New Look may classify some of their trousers as a school trousers but every school has their own uniform policy.
During the summer term we published guidelines as to what our uniform policy is, there were pictures of appropriate uniform so there would be no confusion and pupils and parents were told the policy would be enforced.
Mr Gerrard added: For me it’s about setting a high standard in all areas whether it’s appearance or behaviour.
New Look has declined to comment.
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