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Pupils sent to "sit in silence" at Liphook school for breaking uniform rules

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Pupils sent to "sit in silence" at Liphook school for breaking uniform rules

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:24pm 7th September 2018. (Updated at 7:14pm 7th September 2018)

Parents of children at Bohunt School in Liphook have criticised the uniform policy and say recent punishments are '"far too strict".

A petition has been set up on the first week back after the summer holidays, calling for teachers to "amend the consequences for minor uniform issues". 

It's reported nearly 200 students had to be sent to what's known as 'inclusion' for breaking rules this week. 

This punishment was shortly announced after the ongoing emphasis on immaculate attendance.

"This totals 376 missed hours of learning", the petition states. 

It goes onto explain what the 'inclusion' involved: "This is a sports hall set out as if it was an exam hall.

"Students will be required to spend 2 hours of their lesson here in complete silence being set with no work."

There is concern that Year 11s, in particular, are missing valuable learning time after being removed from lessons such as Maths, English and Science.

'Correct uniform encourages self-respect'

The online petition has already reached its target of 1,000 signatures. 

Students will apparently receive inclusion for issues such as wearing a hair band on their wrist or a tie being too short, amongst other things. 

Campaigners also claim pupils are not being given a chance to adjust their uniform.

One parent wrote: "Absolutely ridiculous and a waste of learning time. A HAIRBAND IS NOT A BRACELET!"

A spokesperson for the school, named school of the year by the TES in 2014, said:

“Our academy has the very highest standards and these are reflected in all parts of school life, from exam results to school uniform. We make no apologies for that.

“We are very proud of our students and believe it is important they look smart and have pride in their school and their appearance.

“Our uniform policy is crystal clear and we wrote to all parents at the end of last term and again at the end of August to remind them of it. We are pleased that the vast majority of parents and students support it, demonstrated by the fact that more than 90% of our students came to school this week looking extremely well turned out.”


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