Strictest school’s pupils ‘forced to wear signs’ if they flout uniform rules
♦parents have branded a school “the strictest in Britain” after complaining that pupils are forced to wear signs around their necks if they breached uniform policy.
The new rules have also seen children punished for having shoes that are too shiny, tapping tables and looking at the clock, parents claimed.
A strict behaviour policy was rolled out at Merchants Academy in Withywood, Bristol, a fortnight before the end of term. Parents claim that pupils who flout rules have been forced to wear lanyards stating: “I have 24 hours to sort out my uniform.”
It says that “low level issues” such as an untucked shirt will result in a warning, but repeat offenders could be put in isolation.
A 17-page policy document explains that incorrect uniform or serious disruption in class will lead to “immediate removal” from class, while “defiance” leads to automatic isolation for five periods including lunch, break and after school.
Nick Short, the academy’s head teacher, said: “Since the new policy was implemented, staff and students are reporting much higher levels of engagement, with many students making more progress as a result.”