Parents outraged after strict headteacher boots 50 pupils out of school over uniform in one day
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A headteacher put 50 children into isolation for breaching school dress code by having 'non-regulation socks on'.
Parents are fuming with the decision made by interim headmaster Alun Ebenezer, who was on shift at The Deepings School in Preston.
They have accused the teacher of being 'heavy handed' and running a 'police state'.
One father said: “I was baffled by the decision to exclude my daughter.
“Apparently her plain black ankle socks and long trousers did not conform with the rules.
“The rules apparently state that socks must not be ankle socks and must sit above the ankle.
“The actions taken are completely unreasonable and have served only to disrupt my daughter’s education. This is the last thing that is needed at a critical point in her schooling, especially after the disruption of the Covid pandemic.
“I know there has to be standards but the punishment needs to be proportionate.
“Uniform is a minor infringement - they should just have a word with the pupil and then escalate the matter if it continues.”
Another dad argued: “My son was hauled out of lessons for having non-regulation socks on.
“It’s crazy. They’re black socks with a very faint line in the design but apparently they weren’t ‘plain enough’ despite being hidden under trousers.
“It’s not just heavy-handed - it’s like some kind of police state.”
Another parent added: "My son, who is really doing his best to improve his grades, was sent out of lessons when the teacher said his socks were 'too short'.
"Apparently socks must sit above the ankle and no skin must be showing under the hem of the trouser. It really would be laughable if it wasn't true."
However, headteacher Ebenezer has stood by his decision, saying: “The pupils who are put into the behaviour centre will be those who said they’re not going to follow the rules.
“I do think the little things matter and I’m not going to give up. We are trying to instil discipline and standards."
He said that the school had received a 'requires improvement' rating from their last two Ofsted inspections.
“It can either go into special measures or become a good school - it can’t stay as requires improvement again.
“There is enough here to make it a good school, but we can’t do that unless we sort out the environment and culture. Once we do that the school will fly.”
He added: “I have excluded quite a lot of pupils so far, just for a day, and they come to school the next day with their parents and we have a chat.
“At the start it felt like I was excluding a pupil every half-an-hour just to get the point across.
“If I’m still doing that after half-term there will be a problem, but I don’t think that will happen.
“I have told the teachers that the first half-term will be tough, but the culture will have changed by the time the school opens after the holidays. Then it will just be a hardcore left.
“There are just pockets of bad attitude which we are trying to change.
“With a significant number there is this idea that ‘I won’t do anything that I don’t want to do’.
“The most serious thing is open defiance because if everyone did that there would be carnage.”
LADbible has contacted The Deepings School for comment.