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Schoolgirl threatened with detention over too-short skirt to fury of mum
September 7, 2021
A Welsh mum has spoken out after her daughter was handed a detention note on her first day back at school because her skirt was too short.
Tammy Humphreys' daughter arrived home from Ysgol Eifionydd in Porthmadog, Gwynedd on Monday with a note from the school warning her that she would be sent to detention if she wore the same skirt again.
Her daughter's black skirt was said to be too short as it was above the knee rather than being knee-length as the school's uniform policy states, NorthWalesLive reports.
Tammy said she "couldn't believe it" when her daughter told her she would be sent to detention if she wore the skirt again.
She said it was the same type of skirt her daughter had worn the previous year, only a size up.
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Tammy then shared a picture of her daughter in the school uniform she had worn that day, which received more than 100 incredulous responses on Facebook.
The Year 8 pupil is one of 18 students at the school who were given a detention warning over their uniform on the first day back from summer break.
Tammy said: "My daughter returned from her first day back in school on Monday and told me she had been given detention for her uniform, which didn't make sense to me as she looked completely fine.
"Then I found that a few other pupils had been given detention for the same reason – with one pupil warned for wearing ankle socks.
"Some of the others, I'm told, were given detention for wearing piercings, too much make-up and trainers, which is more understandable.
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"But I just can't see the issue with the uniform my daughter had on. She had black shoes, plain black tights, a jumper that's slightly big for her and a skirt that sits at a reasonable height just above the knee."
The letter Tammy received said that her daughter would be in detention after school on Wednesday until 4.30pm if she had to be warned another two times about the skirt.
Headmaster, Dewi Bowen, said the detention period has now been shifted to lunchtime on Wednesday and will only apply to pupils who receive three "strikes" over their uniform.
The school's uniform policy prohibits "unacceptably short skirts" as well as "jeans, leggings or tracksuits" and "trainers or shoes with white coloured marks, logos or soles".
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False nails, make-up (with some exceptions) and unnatural hair colouring are also prohibited.
Mr Bowen said: "Ysgol Eifionydd has a school uniform policy in order to ensure that pupils have a feeling of belonging and to ensure an ordered and calm atmosphere.
"In April, when pupils returned to school, we concentrated on ensuring the pupils were comfortable and supported.
"Since returning in September, as a school, we felt it important that we return to normal including ensuring the correct school uniform.
"All parents have been informed of the school uniform rules in two letters before the summer holidays as well as a reminder before pupils returned on September 6.
"This explained that breaking the school rules are dealt with in accordance with the school’s disciplinary policy and that of course when pupils conform then any sanction is rescinded."