Mum fuming after ‘petty’ school sends daughters home as shoes considered ‘boots’

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A mum is furious after her daughters were sent home after the first day of school – as their shoes were considered “boots”.

The mum, who is a self-employed single parent, spent a “fair bit” on the shoes for her her two girls.

She and officials from the Reading school then “disagreed” on how they should be classed.

The parent, who does not wish to be identified, will only be able to replace the shoes next month at the earliest.

She told Berkshire Live: "My girls were so looking forward to going back to school as they've missed so much of it because of the pandemic.

"If my washing machine breaks down in that time I'm going to pay to fix that, not buy new shoes.

"I just don't understand the pettiness of how the schools are dealing with the fact that parents haven't got any money.

"We are doing our best to keep them looking clean, smart, and respectable yet they are punishing and penalising our kids."

The girls have since been allowed to return to the classroom, but on the understanding that the shoes are replaced by October 30.

However, the mum said she "can't promise that I'll be able to pay for them".

She claims she bumped into 20 other students that had also been sent home.

The school's deputy head teacher said a full consultation was held with parents in March.

The uniform policy was sent out to parents in April along with several reminders.

They added: "We were very clear about what the uniform requirements were.

"We've just got a very small number of students who for whatever reason have not followed the uniform policy.

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"We wrote to all families last week to send them the uniform policy again.

"We really did everything we could to make it crystal clear what our expectations were."

They mentioned that only a small number of students were sent home because of their uniform.

The school's policy states that "brown shoes, trainers, Ugg boots, boots and canvas shoes" are not acceptable and that "pupils who do not comply with the uniform code will be challenged by staff".

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