New uniform rules at West Somerset College in Minehead confuse pupils and parents (From This is The West Country)
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New uniform rules at West Somerset College in Minehead confuse pupils and parents
10:00am Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
Some pupils had claimed they were denied permission to take their blazers off during class after the new uniformwas introduced this term.
Parents quickly complained to the school and on Facebook, saying it was unfair given the hot weather.
Simon Bruford, the father of a year nine pupil, made a complaint to the college after he said his son was told he had to keep his blazer on all day.
Mr Bruford said: “Samuel came home from his first day at school and said they had been told they had to keep their blazers on all day, even while on the bus to and from the college. It’s just absurd. I went in the next day to query the rules.”
But deputy principal Hannah Enticott said this wasn’t the case.
She said: “The roll-out of the new school uniform has been so successful across the whole of year nine, which is what we wanted. The transition from polo shirts to blazers is something we’re getting to know how to manage.
“Students are allowed to remove blazers in the classrooms with permission from their teachers but we ask that they are worn between lessons and when travelling around the college.”
Regarding the complaints, she added: “We have had a few complaints but we have responded to those on our Facebook and Twitter pages, clearing up any concerns with uniforms and we will be sending out letters to all parents this week.”
Mr Bruford said: “I was pleased with the response but I do think it’s unfair that they can only take them off if they have permission.”
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