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Mum furious after daughter gets detention threat over school’s ‘unbelievable’ knee-length skirt rule


A MUM was furious after her daughter was threatened with detention over the length of her skirt and claimed it was ‘unbelieveable’.

Tammy Humphrey’s daughter, returned from her first day back at school with a note saying she would be sent to detention if she wore the same skirt again.

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Tammy Humphreys was outraged after her daughter was threatened with detention over her skirt[/caption]

The black skirt was deemed too short as it was above the knee rather than being knee length as the school uniform rules state.

Tammy said she “couldn’t believe it” and pointed out it was the exact same skirt her daughter had worn last year but a size larger.

There were 18 students from Ysgol Eifionydd in Porthmadog, North Wales, who were given a detention over skirt lengths.

Tammy told North Wales Live: “She had been given detention for her uniform, which didn’t make sense to me as she looked completely fine.

“Then I found that a few other pupils had been given detention for the same reason – with one pupil warned for wearing ankle socks.

“Some of the others, I’m told, were given detention for wearing piercings, too much make-up and trainers, which is more understandable.

“But I just can’t see the issue with the uniform my daughter had on. She had black shoes, plain black tights, a jumper that’s slightly big for her and a skirt that sits at a reasonable height just above the knee.”

Dewi Bowen, the headteacher of Ysgol Eifionydd, said detention would only apply to pupils who receive three “strikes” over their school uniform.

The school’s uniform policy prohibits “unacceptably short skirts” as well as “jeans, leggings or tracksuits” and “trainers or shoes with white coloured marks, logos or soles”.

False nails, make-up (with some exceptions) and unnatural hair colouring are also prohibited.

Tammy says she will not be changing anything about her daughter’s uniform as it’s “clearly fine”.

She said she had been sent a letter and an email from the school but she told them that they can take her daughter shopping if they want.

Mr Bowen said: “Ysgol Eifionydd has a school uniform policy in order to ensure that pupils have a feeling of belonging and to ensure an ordered and calm atmosphere.

“In April, when pupils returned to school, we concentrated on ensuring the pupils were comfortable and supported.

“Since returning in September, as a school we felt it important that we return to normal including ensuring the correct school uniform.

“All parents have been informed of the school uniform rules in two letters before the summer holidays as well as a reminder before pupils returned on September 6.

“This explained that breaking the school rules are dealt with in accordance with the school’s disciplinary policy and that of course, when pupils conform then any sanction is rescinded.”

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