Complaints as Haverfordwest headteacher enforces uniform policy
11:36am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A GROUP of parents and pupils have taken to social media sites to complain after a Haverfordwest school’s new headteacher cracked down on uniform policy.
Dr Nick Poole took the reins at Sir Thomas Picton School from Joan Bessant, who retired before the summer, but the first week of terms saw a number of parents taking to social networking site Facebook to vent frustration at the enforcement of the school’s uniform policy.
One mother claimed her child had missed her lunch after being put in ‘supervised break’ for not wearing the correct shoes.
A letter was sent to parents in July which sought to clarify the uniform situation and reassure them that it was not being changed.
The letter, dated July 13, reminds parents of the type of shirt, trousers, skirts, shoes, jewellery, outerwear and hair style, are permitted.
It adds: “Where the incorrect item/style cannot be removed and a parent is unable to bring in the correct uniform, the pupil will attend supervised beak and lunch to prevent other pupils from thinking that this is acceptable.”
The aggrieved mother states that she did not receive the letter and questioned the headteacher’s right to ‘dictate what is a health risk and what’s not’.
The shoes causing particular contention appear to be ‘dolly’ shoes or pumps.
Reference was also made to pupils having to stand when Dr Poole passed, a traditional sign of respect.
But Dr Poole told the Western Telegraph: “The school uniform policy at STP has not changed. It is as stated in the School Prospectus.
“During the last academic year a number of parents asked the school for clarification concerning school uniform. Last July a letter was sent to all parents and carers clearly stating every part of the permitted uniform, allowing them plenty of time to purchase the correct uniform before the new term started.
“STP has extremely high standards and the school has no intention of allowing these standards to drop.
“Pupils who fail to conform to the rules and regulations of the school are allowed to go to the canteen, purchase food and drink and then take this to a supervised room where they have their lunch.”
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