The mum says her 11-year-old arrived at Dixons Brooklands Academy on Monday morning to be told that if she wore her socks again, the bows would be cut off and she would be given a detention. She was also told her bag – a black tote bag – was ‘inappropriate’ and needs to be replaced.
Formerly Manchester Health Academy, the Wythenshawe school was renamed in January after transferring to Dixons Academies Trust, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The schoolgirl’s mum, who asked not to be identified, shared a photo of her daughter’s black socks and bag and says she can’t understand why the school has taken issue with them – with other pupils as well as her daughter.
“I’m just disgusted that kids have had a threat like this on their first day at high school,” she said. “It doesn’t state on any letters from school that no bows are allowed or no tote bags. As long as it holds everything you need for school it shouldn’t be a problem.”
The mum-of-three added: “Apparently Year 9 have to wear office wear clothes and some people have mentioned that they take tote bags and handbags with them. I don’t know why it’s different for other years.”
She said her daughter was upset when she returned home on Monday and asked whether she could move schools.
On Tuesday she took her old rucksack from primary school and wore some grey socks without bows, but the mum says she has now been given a detention for this in two weeks’ time.
“She received a 12 minute detention,” said the mum. “It’s totally crazy.”
The school, which made headlines last year after its new name was criticised by parents, is the third to join the trust’s North West Hub, with its other two in Liverpool and the rest of its schools in West Yorkshire.
A spokesperson said: “Dixons Brooklands Academy has the highest of expectations for all students and we wish to congratulate our new students who made an excellent start yesterday. They looked fabulous in their new academy uniform.
“Uniform expectations were shared with all families on several occasions and every child was given financial support to purchase their new uniform.
“With regards to school bags, we have stated that a bag should enable students to carry books, homework, equipment, their planner and a water bottle. In cases where bags do not meet this requirement, we will work with individual families to resolve this.”
What do you think about the rules on uniform and bags? Are they too strict or necessary? Has there been an issue at your child’s school?