Wrong coloured ribbon sees Gloucester Academy pupil pulled out
WHEN a school clamped down on her child's hair ribbon for not being in uniform colours, mum Rose Yates decided to pull her children out of Gloucester Academy.
The Tredworth mum-of-two said her daughter Ann, 12, was told off for sporting an orange ribbon because it was not black, navy or red.
And she said Ann, who is diabetic, went without a hot meal after being put in detention for six hours, although she said the school did provide a sandwich.
She was also cross when her son Jack, 11, was told his hair was cut too short in the second week of starting at the Painswick Road school.
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Mrs Yates is so angry that she has pulled her children out of the school. Yesterday the academy confirmed they had not attended since last Friday. This morning Mrs Yates said that her children would be starting at Millbrook Academy for 'a fresh new start'.
Mrs Yates, from Hartland Road, said: "They moaned about the colour of her ribbon, which is ridiculous. But I drew a line when they refused to give her a cooked meal.
"My daughter needs a hot meal every day or it sends her levels all over the place.
"She's diabetic and it can kill you. I can't risk sending my children there.
"It is extreme but after the way she has been treated I just can't risk keeping her at that school. I can't wait to tell her doctor about this when I see him. He will be shocked."
Ann, who missed art, maths, English and science lessons during her detention, said: "I didn't feel very well in the afternoon when in detention."
Mrs Yates said she was put in detention for punching a boy "who had bullied her".
Deputy headteacher Jane Featherstone said: "I am not aware of this ribbon. We have a strict uniform policy and, obviously, if the ribbon is too visible then we would ask for it to be removed – but not for a small ribbon."
She added: "Ann was put into isolation for her behaviour but she was given a meal.
"The children haven't been into school since last week and we had heard that they might not be returning, which would be a great shame."
Mrs Yates said she is now looking to send her children to a different school but will not return them to the academy in the meantime.
Last year, a new policy was introduced where pupils were sent home from school if they were wearing the wrong uniform.
Then head John Reilly said the stricter policy would lead to better behaviour.