A school has offered to buy uniform for pupils – after hundreds of children were kept in isolation over their shoes and clothes.Barr Beacon School in Aldridge made the offer after a crackdown on trainers, short skirts and low-slung trousers caught out scores of students returning for the new academic year on Tuesday.
In a letter to parents, executive headteacher Dame Maureen Brennan said she was “disappointed” that “a number” of pupils – reportedly around 200 – had “chosen not to follow our school rules”. In a later statement, she said only a “small number” of children remained in isolation on Wednesday.
Dame Maureen said pupils who turned up in the wrong clothes and shoes on Wednesday would be taking a letter home “offering financial support for the purchase of the correct uniform”:
“We are realistic and know parents buy items from shops in good faith and cannot always afford to replace incorrect purchases … We will buy shoes and trousers for those parents that cannot afford to replace the ‘wrong ones’.