infant ugg Ugg boots and coloured jumpers in desperate bid to raise standards
A failing school that has been put into special measures by Ofsted has banned pupils from wearing Ugg boots, coloured laces or fizzy drinks into class.
School chiefs at Addington High in Croydon, south London, decided on the clampdown in a bid to ‘improve standards’ at the 1,200 pupil school.
According to the new diktat, pupils caught wearing the slouchy boots or the ‘incorrect uniform’ will be given three choices to go home and change, wear items from the school’s ‘lost property’ box or spend the day in ‘isolation’.
The school has banned all fizzy drinks in a bid to make students ‘less hyper’, does not sell the sweet drinks on its premises and has outlawed mobile phones, hoodies and baseball hats too.
Bosses at the school have also told pupils and parents that they have to remove their coats when inside the school and that they can only wear black jumpers or fleeces.
The school’s website, relating to shoes, states: ‘No UGG style boots, no coloured logos or patterns, no coloured laces, no socks over trousers.’
It adds: ‘Students should not wear a hoodie to school (we will confiscate all hoodies and all non black jumpers at the start of the day).
‘Students should NOT wear outdoor clothes (coats, hats and scarves) inside the school building.
‘Baseball caps are not school uniform. They will be confiscated.
‘Fizzy drinks should not be brought onto the school site. These will be removed from students.
‘Students with incorrect items of school uniform will not be able to attend normal lessons and will be offered three choices; They can go home to change, they can (if possible) borrow appropriate items from school or they can spend the day in isolation.’
who asked not to be named, said: ‘I can see the rules on hoodies and mobile phones are sensible, but telling pupils they can’t wear a blue or green jumper is just a bit silly.
‘The school doesn’t have a strict uniform code, so it’s not like Eton or something, so they are just making a rod for their own back as they will have to sent home children all day to put on a black jumper.’
The crackdown came after a scathing Ofsted report, which in June last year rated Addington High ‘inadequate’, before placing it in special measures this is when inspectors find that a school is not providing an acceptable standard of education and its leaders are not good enough to help it to improve.
It means inspectors make visits every term to the school until it is deemed to have improved to an acceptable standard.
One parent, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I can see the rules on hoodies and mobile phones are sensible, but telling pupils they can’t wear a blue or green jumper is just a bit silly.
Ofsted Inspector Christine Raeside wrote to the school in January saying that she remained unconvinced that the school was doing enough to improve its standards.
She wrote: ‘Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time the school is not making enough progress towards the removal of special measures.’
She suggested a string of areas that the school needs to improve upon, including tracking and analyising the performance and experience of different groups, and making staff accountable for improving behaviour.
Acting head teacher James Malley said in a letter to parents: ‘My team will deal with those students who do not respond to the clear guidance we provide for them.’
‘At the time of the Ofsted inspection in July, behaviour at the school was rated inadequate. It is my pledge to improve behaviour at Addington so learning can flourish.’
Addington High were unavailable to comment when the Mail Online contacted them.
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