Strictest school’s pupils ‘forced to wear signs’ if they flout uni­form rules

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♦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.”

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