School in Northampton removed more than 70 children from lessons for breaches of its uniform policy

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A school in Northampton has removed a number of children from lessons because of breaches of school uniform policy.

Northampton Academy introduced the new policy for the start of the school year after parents were informed of the rules change.

Heidi Shaw's daughter, Lily in her banned shoes

Heidi Shaw's daughter, Lily in her banned shoes

But several mums and dads have contacted the Chron to complain of what they consider minor breaches being harshly punished.

Hedi Shaw, whose 12-year-old daughter, Lillie, goes to the school, said: “She has flat feet and needs special shoes but they are plain, black lace-up ones.

“They were fine throughout last year, but now she has been excluded from lessons because they are ‘soft material’ shoes rather than ‘hard’ ones that can be polished.

“I’ve had to pay £40 for new ones when she’s got a perfectly good pair already.

“I support the reasons behind a uniform policy but they’ve gone too far.”

Parents have told the Chron that in just two days, a number of children, as many as 150, were removed from lessons and made to sit in the school hall for having incorrect uniform.

Breaches have included bags that are anything other than plain black and skirts that are too short.

Although Mrs Shaw said a doctor would not give a note for her daughter’s condition, Northampton Academy said it would have made a difference in her case.

A spokeswoman for Northampton Academy said: “Students and parents were informed of the uniform changes in several assemblies, a letter posted to their home address, a newsletter and texts all at the end of last term and financial assistance has been given to parents who need it.

“As you would expect, any students unable to wear the correct uniform for medical reasons are of course excused from wearing the full uniform providing they have a doctor’s note as appropriate.

“Our new uniform policy has been welcomed by the vast majority of students and parents who recognise that the stricter policy reflects the high standards and expectations we have at Northampton Academy.”

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