AN angry dad claims pupils were locked away for wearing Tesco school shoes because teachers said they looked like “going out” footwear.
Some kids were put in isolation at Willows High School in Cardiff after the plain black shoes – advertised as school footwear in the store’s F&F range – were deemed unacceptable.
John O’Sullivan, 39, said other students were taken out of classes or sent home because of other uniform issues.
He told Wales Online: “There must have been 10 to 15 children sent home because of the same thing.
“When my daughter was in isolation, she’s just stuck in there so I thought I’d take her home.
“Both of my children were just wearing plain black leather shoes, what we were told.
“He [headteacher Chris Norman] said they were ‘going out’ shoes.
“The shoes are nothing that stands out and nothing fancy or whatever, and they have been locked away for the day.
“That’s what he [Mr Norman] doesn’t understand, it’s the cost.
“It’s just one thing after another. We’ve got four children and we have spent £200 this year on uniforms.”
John, a construction worker, was forced to take the day off work and “run around” to find the appropriate shoes.
Parents were given a strict dress code by the school which outlined what children must wear.
It said: “Black shoes only. No suede, canvas, training style shoes or boots of any kind.”
Mr Norman, the headteacher, said: “We have been working with parents to try and help them, for example, offering to buy shoes that comply with the uniform policy.
“The school uniform requirements are clear and we shared them with parents through the pupils’ handbook, circulated before the summer holidays.
“Our school uniform is an important part of the school ethos and it helps to instil a sense of pride and respect in the school community.
“When you have hundreds of students in a school, you will inevitably have one or two parents who are not happy with some of the decisions you make.”