Parent hits out over ‘ridiculous’ shoe policy at Kettering school

Kettering Science Academy say that brown shoes are unnacceptable for sixth form students

Kettering Science Academy say that brown shoes are unnacceptable for sixth form students

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The parent of a child attending a Kettering school has hit out after she was told her son would be sent home if he continued to wear brown shoes.

Kerry Mindham’s son Samuel has just started sixth form at Kettering Science Academy, who earlier this month denied sending pupils home over uniform issues.

Students had been told they must wear smart business attire, but Kerry feels it is “outrageous” that brown shoes aren’t considered smart.

She said: “If you go into any office environment you will see people wearing brown shoes.

“We’ve been told that pupils must wear black shoes, but I don’t see how wearing a grey suit with brown shoes isn’t business attire.

“It’s ridiculous as the colour of someone’s shoes doesn’t affect their learning, but the school aren’t backing down.

“There are plenty of pupils there with silly colour hair that aren’t sent home which is outrageous. It’s double standards.”

Academy principal Paul Davies says all pupils were told of the uniform policy before the term started.

He said: “Our expectations centre around attention to detail, such as the colour of suits and footwear, so I can confirm that brown shoes are not acceptable for sixth formers.

“We make no secret of this and long before sixth formers apply to come here, we make potential applicants aware of our extremely high standards.

“If sixth formers are not dressed impeccably then this sends all the wrong messages to our younger students.

“We have offered to provide uniform should a family or a sixth former face financial hardship and not be able to provide this clothing themselves.”