Ipswich mum says Ormiston Endeavour Academy gave daughter detention for not wearing blazer during heatwave

Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich. Picture: SIMON PARKER

An Ipswich mum has expressed her outrage after claiming her 15-year-old daughter was given detention twice in two days for refusing to wear a school blazer during this week’s heatwave.

On Monday, Ormiston Endeavour Academy pupil Molly Bailey went to school not wearing her blazer because of the heat, but said she was told she was still required to wear it regardless of the weather.

After refusing again on Tuesday, the year 10 pupil was among a number to be given detention after school, before a second detention on Wednesday, according to mum Jo Bailey.

Mrs Bailey said the reason given for the strict uniform policy was in case of an inspection visit.

“ I think it is unacceptable,” the 44-year-old said.

“Every other school has said don’t worry about ties and blazers but my daughter has been told to wear hers every day.

“I have been a bit cross really because I wanted someone to explain why she needed detention for not wearing that.

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“The answer was in case a visit comes to school. I am not sure that’s acceptable.”

Mrs Bailey said she had been sent a parent mail message stating that pupils were still required to wear both a tie and blazer despite the weather.

She added that the school’s policy asks pupils to wear the blazer on their journeys to and from school, as well as in the corridors between lessons, although the school claims at lunchtime and in lessons the blazer can be removed.

“I don’t mind the rules, but when the temperature is over 30C or like it has been this week I think they should just have a bit of leeway.

“It’s not as if it is affecting their learning,” Mrs Bailey added.

A spokeswoman from Ormiston Endeavour Academy said: “We are proud of the high standards of behaviour and discipline at our academy, and adherence to our uniform policy is an important part of this.

“We believe that smart uniform is essential in preparing our young people for the world of work.

“We therefore ask that students wear blazers and ties in the corridors when moving from lesson to lesson.

“Once inside the classrooms and at break and lunchtime, students can remove their blazers, and in this extreme heat they are encouraged to do so.”

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