Parent’s outrage as school bans plain black leather Dr. Martens shoes from its uniform – AFTER families shelled out more than £100
- Longcroft School, in Yorkshire, adds the popular shoes to uniform’s banned list
- Some parents claim the new policy is unclear and ask for clearer guidelines
- School said it ‘continues to be in conversation with all who hold differing views’
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A row has broken out after a school in Yorkshire banned their students from wearing Dr Martens shoes – after parents spent more than £100 on new pairs for their children.
Longcroft School, in Beverley, Yorkshire, added the plain black leather shoes to its banned list when updating its uniform policy last month.
The move has angered several parents, who said they were not told of this change of policy before they dropped a hefty £109 on their children’s footwear.
One 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 mother agreed, saying that she had even messaged a teacher beforehand asking if the shoes met the new regulations and was given the green light, only to later find out it was deemed unsuitable.
The row comes after schools around the country banned children from wearing Kickers shoes or those with any ‘visible branding’.
Schools argued the footwear, ‘looked too much like trainers’ and could potentially be dangerous for students partaking in practical science lessons.
The Dr Martens school shoes (pictured) were added to the school’s banned list when the uniform policy was updated last month. Some parents claim the new rules are unclear and asked for guidelines on what the school deems acceptable
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.
Longcroft School told the MailOnline: ‘Our community is very grateful to parents who have kindly supported the school at this time.
‘We continue to work with our families who feel their choice of uniform is appropriate and their children continue to learn in lessons as normal.
‘The school also supports its families with uniform if financial support is required.
‘We’re hopeful that, working collaboratively, we can find a way forward over the next few weeks and will continue to be in conversation with all who hold differing views about the merits of school uniform.’
Multiple parents have said the policy regarding school shoes has been very unclear since they were changed last month.
Longcroft School sparked a row with parents after banning children from wearing plain black leather Dr Martins shoes, after some parents had spent more than £100 on new pairs for their children to wear to school
One parent recently took to Mumsnet to question a different schools’ uniform policy, asking whether it would be unreasonable to send her son in wearing Kickers (file photo, above) on his first day. The purchased shoes, named ‘Reasan Lace Adult’, are described as an ‘all-time favourite’ with a ‘flexible sport-inspired sole’ and listed for £68 in the ‘school’ section on Kicker’s website
They said they were given no clear guidelines on what shoes they can send their children to school in.
Another parent said 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.’
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.