‘We don’t want some wearing trendy River Island or New Look items’ says Fenland principal as students sent home to change

Clare Claxton Clare Claxton

Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:33 PM

A Wisbech school has apologised after some of its pupils went home or called parents to pick them up in a confusion over uniform.

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Thomas Clarkson Academy had a one-day crackdown in a bid to make sure students were wearing the correct clothing.

If they lived close by and could go home to change then students were allowed to go, said principal Clare Claxton.

Some thought it meant they had to call parents, however, who were left disgruntled at having to take time off work to get them, she said.

Mrs Claxton said: “I regret that about 12 parents had to take time off work to get their children, what should have happened is if students lived close by and were able to change their clothing items that were wrong they could go home.

“Others were to be sent home with a note.

“We sent two text to parents telling them there was going to be a uniform crackdown and we had an assembly to warn the students.

“We are looking for all students to be dressed appropriately, we don’t want some wearing trendy River Island or New Look items as not all parents can afford those which means it is not fair.”

During the uniform crackdown day teachers were looking for skirts that were too short, trousers that were too tightly tapered on the legs, lack of ties and no blazers.

One parent, who asked to not be named said: “I had to come away from work to get my daughter because she was told her trousers were too tight and were peg shaped, which meant they are too tapered into the leg.

“She has worn them since September so I can’t understand why all of a sudden they were not good enough, they are smart and clean without fancy additions,” she said.

13 comments

  • In response to the quote "What a very sad person Mrs Claxton must be. Does she think we still live in the 1950s?" A very sad person? I would say not. I would say, as a parent of 2 students at the school, her outlook on all aspects of young peoples education and well being is excellent. The school was a tough place to be years back and the general atmosphere is much better with more and more pupils engaging in learning. It's only the habitual offenders that are dragging the school down. These pupils, and their parents, are not longer the mass though and the school will become a very successful place in the near future. Uniform is about equality and their is a massive gulf in the income of kid's parents who attend TCA. Standardising uniform and allowing a place for kids to learn, free from ridicule, should be applauded. Perhaps take a trip to TCA and see how things have changed under Mrs Claxton?

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    1975JJ

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I do wonder how a crackdown on uniform helps children learn? Perhaps @BurningSpear could elaborate in a less aggressive manner (ie one in which heshe wishes I would write)

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    arfur

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • hows about if "river island" and "new look" started lines in school uniform? (wonders how that would work?)

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    patrick

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Ouch @1975JJ - Perhaps you can go back and get Mrs Claxton to teach you how to spell and use punctuation correctly?

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    arfur

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • That is why I am grateful for her arfur. We didn't have a quality education in the town 20 years ago to be taught to the standards you request. Thanks for your concern but it doesn't address your poor original post.

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    1975JJ

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • What a very sad person Mrs Claxton must be. Does she think we still live in the 1950s?

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    arfur

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • BRILLIANT comment Burning Spear which sums up some regular commentators on the educational stories on this site who spout absolutely vitriolic rubbish about schools and then wonder why things go wrong!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • The truth is that the New Look items are likely to be those that are affordable and more importantly available all the year around to those who cannot shop in John Lewis and dont want Asda.. School uniform sales seem to be very seasonal. I wore bottle green uniform top to tail for seven years at a fairly decent school and I have watched this nonsense about uniforms from schools which are giving kids a pretty dire education. And I have decided that since kids know exactly where everyone else fits in the " label" game, who has what etc it would be better if we were like the USA and abandoned uniforms, gave the kids freedom to be what they are and looked at the kid not the cover. Any teacher looking at a kid in uniform will also be looking at its name, its pencilled eyebrows, hairstyle, shoes-whether it is wearing designer clothes or the same jeans week in week out shouldnt make any odds. The only thing uniform is good for is saving arguments at home and being cheap-and when parents have to go out of their way to buy more expensive specific uniform items it stops being even that, The worst thing is, that heads and B of Gs don't even bother to source uniforms that are warm or hard wearing-most just go for polyester tacky as long as it looks PR good

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Everyone concerned appears to have been given fair warning of the uniform crackdown, so I can't see where the problem lies with any of the disgruntled parents or students. My children (who attend TCA) said it was made perfectly clear in school what was happening, and that quite a few students said that they didn't give a fig, and they'd continue to wear what they wanted to. As far as I'm concerned, it's simply an extension of discipline within the school: isn't the lack of discipline one of the thing's that schools are so often criticized for? Seems like sometimes you just can't win...

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    HunkaMunka

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Everyone concerned appears to have been given fair warning of the uniform crackdown, so I can't see where the problem lies with any of the disgruntled parents or students. My children (who attend TCA) said it was made perfectly clear in school what was happening, and that quite a few students said that they didn't give a fig, and they'd continue to wear what they wanted to. As far as I'm concerned, it's simply an extension of discipline within the school: isn't the lack of discipline one of the thing's that schools are so often criticized for? Seems like sometimes you just can't win...

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    HunkaMunka

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • In response to the quote "What a very sad person Mrs Claxton must be. Does she think we still live in the 1950s?" A very sad person? I would say not. I would say, as a parent of 2 students at the school, her outlook on all aspects of young peoples education and well being is excellent. The school was a tough place to be years back and the general atmosphere is much better with more and more pupils engaging in learning. It's only the habitual offenders that are dragging the school down. These pupils, and their parents, are not longer the mass though and the school will become a very successful place in the near future. Uniform is about equality and their is a massive gulf in the income of kid's parents who attend TCA. Standardising uniform and allowing a place for kids to learn, free from ridicule, should be applauded. Perhaps take a trip to TCA and see how things have changed under Mrs Claxton?

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    1975JJ

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Excuse me, but UNIFORM means uniform. Full backing for Clare Claxton. Don't think the armed forces would like to see trendy uniforms.

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    Stokkers

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • arfur - Having a baseless dig at the headmistress, and then, in your second post, using a childish comeback to attempt to negate an impassioned, informed comment, is typical of the lowbrow 'contributions' of idiots such as yourself on this site. If you've got nothing better to do then why don't you keep your stupid opinions to yourself? This county would be a pleasanter place to live without thoughtless individuals like you spreading your discord. The plus is that while you're trolling on here your one-track brain precludes you engaging with the rest of society.

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    Burning Spear

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

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