Parents’ outrage at school plain black teaching Dr. Martens bans shoes from his uniform – AFTER families pay over £100
- Longcroft School, in Yorkshire, adds the popular shoes to the list of banned uniforms
- Some parents argue the new policy is unclear and ask for clearer guidelines
- School said it ‘continues to talk to everyone with different views’
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A row has broken out after a Yorkshire school banned their pupils 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 the banned list last month as it updated its uniform policy.
The move has angered several parents, who said they were unaware of this change of policy before dropping a hefty £109 on their children’s shoes.
One parent said: ‘I bought these plain black leather shoes with no brand labels for my daughter, I think they are safe to wear for science, but she was told they are not suitable. Instructions about school shoes should be clearer.’
Another mother agreed, saying she even emailed a teacher beforehand asking if the shoes met the new regulations and was given the green light, only to find out later that it was deemed unsuitable.
The spat comes after schools across the country have banned children from wearing Kickers or “visible branded” shoes.
Schools argued that the footwear “looked too much like sneakers” and could potentially be dangerous for students taking part in hands-on science classes.
The school shoes of Dr. Martens (pictured) were added to the school’s banned list when the uniform policy was updated last month. Some parents argue that the new rules are unclear and asked for guidance on what the school considers acceptable
The current ‘uniform’ tab on the Longcroft School website emphasizes that students are expected to meet the school’s uniform expectations at all times. This includes a plain white button-up shirt, a Longcroft School tie, a Longcroft V-neck sweater, black trousers or skirt and ‘solid black shoes’.
Items that are expressly prohibited are hoodies, denim jackets, leather jackets, acrylic nails and piercings other than a pair of stud earrings.
Longcroft School told the MailOnline: ‘Our community is very grateful to the parents who have kindly supported the school at this time.
“We continue to work with our families who feel their uniform choice is appropriate and their children continue to learn normally in the classes.
‘The school also supports its families with uniforms if financial support is needed.
“We are hopeful that by working together we can find a way forward in the coming weeks and continue to engage in dialogue with everyone who has differing views on the merits of school uniforms.”
Several parents have said the policy regarding school shoes has been very unclear since they changed last month.
Longcroft School sparked a row with parents after they banned children from wearing black leather Dr Martins shoes after some parents spent more than £100 on new pairs for their children to wear to school
A parent recently took to Mumsnet to question another school’s uniform policy, asking whether it would be unreasonable for her son to wear Kickers on his first day (file photo, above). The shoes purchased, dubbed ‘Reasan Lace Adult’, are described as an ‘all-time favourite’ with a ‘flexible sport-inspired sole’ and are listed for £68 in the ‘school’ section of Kicker’s website.
They said they were not given clear guidelines on which shoes to send their children to school in.
Another parent said the school should focus on curriculum returning to face-to-face teaching, rather than “worrying about what their kids are wearing.”
One parent argued, “If they can show me that wearing my child different shoes than he has now makes a real difference to his grades, I might consider wasting more money on a different pair of shoes.”
Some parents of the Longcroft students have said they are refusing to follow the new rules and will continue to send their children to school in banned shoes.
“All the parents in the country face the same problem, we need to work together and continue to send the children with the shoes they already have,” said one.