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Fuming parents told kids can’t wear £109 Dr Martens at school
September 13, 2021
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Parents have slammed a school after they banned a popular pair of black shoes from their uniform policy because they "looked too much like trainers".
Students at Longcroft School in Beverley, Yorkshire have been told that they can no longer wear their leather Dr. Marten shoes to school due to fashion and safety concerns.
Parents at Longcroft said the school told them that the shoes were no longer suitable to wear during practical science lessons and could potentially be dangerous.
But angry parents claim they were not made aware of the change in policy until after they dropped a hefty £109 on their children's footwear, Hull Live reports.
The policy change comes after primary schools across the country previously introduced a similar ban on Kicker school shoes which caused a divide in opinions – with some parents understanding the safety claim while others branded the policy as petty.
One Longcroft parent said: "I bought these plain black leather shoes that have no brand labels on them for my daughter, I think they are safe to wear for science but she was told they are unsuitable. Instructions regarding school shoes need to be clearer."
Another parent agreed, saying that she had even messaged a teacher beforehand asking if the shoes met the new regulations and were given the green light, only to later find out it was deemed unsuitable.
A parent added that maybe the school should be focusing on the curriculum returning to in-person teaching, rather than "fussing over what their children wear".
A parent argued: "Maybe if they can show me that my child wearing different shoes from what he has now makes a genuine difference to his grades, I would considering wasting more money on another pair of shoes."
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Some of the Longcroft students' parents have said they refuse to follow the new regulations and will continue to send their children to school wearing banned shoes.
"All the parents in the country are facing the same issue, we should band together and continue to send the kids wearing whatever shoes they already have," one said.
The current uniform tab on the Longcroft School website emphasises that students are expected to meet the school's uniform expectations at all times.
This includes a plain white shirt with top button fastened, a Longcroft School tie, a Longcroft V-necked jumper, black trousers or skirt and "plain black shoes".
Items expressly not allowed include hoodies, denim jackets, leather jackets, acrylic nails and any piercings other than a pair of stud earrings.
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