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Ipswich Academy pupils punished for wearing wrong trousers

09:00 09 September 2015

Pupils at Ipswich Adacemy have been told their trousers are

Pupils at Ipswich Adacemy have been told their trousers are 'too tight'

Concerns have been raised by a parent at a struggling academy as its new sponsor takes a no-nonsense approach to uniform.

Pupils at Ipswich Academy, formerly Holywells High School, have been warned rules around appearance would be “rigorously enforced”.

The school was taken over by Paradigm Trust and given a new principal on September 1 as the Government ordered a major shake-up after it was placed in special measures in January.

A father, who has a 15-year-old daughter at the school and did not want to be named, said: “Over the past two days quite a stir is going on in regards to how strict they have decided to be regarding school uniform. One of the students was put in detention for wearing pink socks and a girl with dark red dyed hair has been threatened with exclusion.”

The parent said he had a meeting with the new principal, Amanda Phillips, who is also the executive principal of Paradigm Trust, about his daughter’s trousers. The pupils are required to wear “plain black loose leg trousers”, but the father said his daughter was 5ft 10ins tall and a size 6, so he could not find suitable straight leg trousers.

“I looked everywhere trying to find these style of trousers and they were all too short,” he added. “We found some that were slightly tighter fitting. I went in to see the principal and she said it was impeding my child’s education if I didn’t buy the trousers they have recommended.”

The father said children were getting put into isolation every day for not wearing the correct trousers.

He added: “When the new trust came in I was hoping it would turn the school around but their main focus has been what style of trousers and what colours socks the students are wearing.”

A spokeswoman from Paradigm Trust said a letter was sent out to parents/carers last week to explain that uniform rules would be kept the same but they would be “more rigorously enforced”.

“Students are expected to wear the Ipswich Academy blazer and plain black loose leg trousers,” the spokeswoman added. “We believe that we have been clear and we expect our standards to be maintained. However, under no circumstances was exclusion mentioned to students or parents/carers in relation to school uniform.”

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  • As a woman of 6' I can completely sympathise with the difficulty in obtaining the right school clothing. It is totally unreasonable of a school to expect uniform to be purchased from a specific supplier in order to ensure compliance to strict rules, if that supplier is unable to accommodate the build of all students. I'd be stunned if the supplier would be able to supply trousers in the size for the young lady mentioned in the article. That said, I am also well aware of several clothing suppliers (in town and online) who could provide black straight leg trousers up to 38" inside leg, and in a variety of sizes. The trousers chosen could have been a lot closer to the desired uniform standard than the ones shown in the photograph that accompanies the article!

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    sixfootaliw

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

  • Sue Douglas mentions the diversity of dress. Where I live on non uniform days everyone male and female are wearing the same. Out of school uniform! The 6th form here, which does get good results, also wear business wear and I have to say they all look very smart and they seem to walk taller as if to say I am getting ready for the big wide world. At least school uniform has moved on from gabardine raincoats and berets and heaven forbid if you were seen without your beret. This was a state school! I do think the school should leave some time for parents to correct a wrong you cannot just drop everything and go shopping perhaps after half term.

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    jennifer jane

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

  • I think if the children have to wear inform why don't the staff have to wear it as well the staff wear short skirts and tight trousers and some of the boys wear tight trousers and they have them half way down their bum what does it matter what coulor socks they have on and the coulor of their hair as long as they do the work they are told to do

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    hays

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

  • New sponsor - same story. A new sponsor takes over and tries to raise the standards at the Academy. Until parents actually get behind the academy and be supportive and not try and argue against it at every turn what hope is there! Teacherincrisis, you are spot on. If all parents actually got behind the school, supported it and actually took some responsibility for their childrens behaviour, then the school would go places. When students arrive with the attitude that I can wear these because my mum says so, it then progresses to undermine everything that the school is trying to do. We wonder why the education system is in crisis with this sort of support.

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    Voice of Reason

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • It is about setting standard. Go on-line and you will find trousers for tall students and a good price. When standards of dress are allowed to fall so does the attitude and approach to education and work. Common sense indicates or not, that skinny jeans means skinny trousers or am I from a different planet. The simple answer is ask the headteacher for clarification. As deeper says uniforms are part of everyday life, albeit some organisations dress code is more casual. BUT they have set the standard which is required. Stop moaning and get engaged with educating your child. Cannot remember parents complaining years ago, you wore the school uniform or you were sent home.

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    Blue Boy

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • i agree with school uniform, but does it really matter if the trousers are tight or loose as long as they are black,

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    linda keevil

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • At the bottom of the photo of the school diary, it clearly states the supplier of the school uniform is located in Ipswich town centre, and the items are available for purchase online. It is quite simple: skinny trousers are not acceptable and cannot be described as suitable for a school uniform. The uniform requirements were reinforced to us parents at the beginning of July, so there is no excuse to say "I didn't know." For parents of oldertaller children, it is quite simple: you can pick up a cheap pair of school trousers from most supermarkets and places like Primark. Will you complain when your child goes into the workplace dressed inappropriately, and they are disciplined for it? It is your child's education, not a fashion parade... if you can not be bothered to ensure your child is properly dressed, then it is you who is impeding their education.

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    FreddieHg

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Typical of the UK everything is fine so long as they look smart. They are there to get an education isolation for minor uniform infringements is just plain silly

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    reg

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • The school is damned if they do and damned if they don't. Parent would complain about the price if they were told that the pupils must wear specific trousers from Coes. The problem us that teenage girls in particular no longer dress like teenagers of past generations and rather than favouring slobby loose trousers, they wear skin tight trousers. The school probably need to publish pictures of what isisn't ok...or maybe, specify that the trousers must be school uniform range trousers and nor just any black trousers.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Let's hope that this new school principal will be just as tough on behaviour as she appears to be with uniform. Also, as a parent to a student studying at this school, my child begs me daily to move schools (not easy feat when in the wrong catchment area) as she is fed up with the constant battle every lesson with a few unruly students that keep her from learning. It's disruptive and oppressive - which is also why the poor teachers keep leaving, this also doesn't help when substitute teachers keep being brought in to cover lessons. So, I beg you, as a parent, to the school: Address behaviour with a zero tolerance policy and you'll build a happy, productive working environment for both parties!

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    teacherincrisis

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • I don't disagree about there being a uniform policy if it's correctly written. However I do disagree that when parents have kept to the uniform policy on their child's first day being told it's unacceptable but it states no where in the rules.

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    Louis88

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Those trousers in the picture can't possibly though of as suitable for school uniform. I agree with the school tightening up on the rules, from a pupil who went to an Ipswich school in the 60's. Conforming to uniform strictly is part of an ethos of discipline, that many will face in their worklife. What parent would allow dyed pink hair, or go against sock colour and allow pink? I think the problem started in my children's generation with 6th form and a slackening of uniform policy. Not good. They have plenty of time time to express themselves as adults. I'm with the school.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Those trousers in the picture can't possibly though of as suitable for school uniform. I agree with the school tightening up on the rules, from a pupil who went to an Ipswich school in the 60's. Conforming to uniform strictly is part of an ethos of discipline, that many will face in their worklife. What parent would allow dyed pink hair, or go against sock colour and allow pink? I think the problem started in my children's generation with 6th form and a slackening of uniform policy. Not good. They have plenty of time time to express themselves as adults. I'm with the school.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Maybe you should take a look at the uniform dress code. The majority of the parents have kept within the code and their children are still being punished. Never once in their uniform code does it mention the style of plain back trousers. Therefore it is unreasonable to dictate this on the children's first day back.

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    Louis88

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • It time these parents stopped complaining and backed the school uniform rules. In my days at school uniform codes where strict you would be sent home for just wearing coloured socks. In most jobs there are strict uniform or dress codes so it good for children to learn from the started rules have to be obeyed. Instead of moaning parents need to back the schools rules .

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Sue douglas. ...how on earth do you assume that everyone hates youngsters ?

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    deeber

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Firstly they are not in work but in studies...A dress code may be more suitable.Why does every commentator hate young people. I am old and love their diversity and creativity. Appreciate young people don't punish them... how many commentators wore uniform when they were young. They have not even started work yet and the thought police are striking out. Loosen up. Graduates don't wear uniforms but people here will put them in police or army uniform. What next.

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    sue douglas

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • Here is picture of the logbook.

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    Louis88

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • I completely agree uniform is a part of life. I wear uniform for work and it is the correct uniform according to my companies guidelines. However I am one of the parents Who's daughter goes to the school and has been punished for the wrong style trousers. On Ipswich academy's website and in their official log-books the rules state plain black trousers no leggings or skinny jeans. My daughters trousers are plain black they are not legging or skinny jeans so therefore they are within the guidelines set and I shall not be changing them. As for not mentioning exclusion I have also seen the principle and she told me to my face my daughter would be excluded if they were not changed. I have attached photos of the schools website and logbook.

    Schools uniform policy on website

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    Louis88

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • This is getting a joke ....this is the second article debating what kids or students should or shouldn't be wearing...Uniforms are a major part of everyday life , armed forces , hospitals , fire , police , construction workers ,even airline staff and top hotels are part of an enormous list of uniform wearing jobs.. where these kids will have to wear the correct uniform in their future jobs, ...these parents should stop moaning and except the rules....rules are rules full stop !.

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    deeber

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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