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Mother Claire Lish withdraws children from Bushey Meads School school in uniform row
An "outraged" mother has resorted to withdrawing her two children from a Bushey school after disagreements with the head teacher concerning the new regulation trousers.
At the start of the new academic year, Bushey Meads School introduced new trousers and skirts for its students, which are embroidered with BMS just under the waistband.
Some parents are fighting the secondary school’s new uniform, complaining that the trousers cost £22.50, roughly double what they used to pay, with some claiming they do not fit their children at all.
Claire Lish’s two children, Paddy, 12, and Tom, 13, are pupils at the school.
After a meeting with head teacher, Keith Douglas, on Wednesday, the angry mother has decided to remove both her children from the Coldharbour Lane school.
Ms Lish, of Mill House Lane, in Bedmond Village, said: "I always make sure my sons are smart and presentable and I fully agree that children should be in uniform, but the trousers don’t fit.
"I went through the issues with Mr Douglas and he refused to accept my solution to buy smart trousers elsewhere and have the school logo embroidered on it.
"There was no movement, so what am I supposed to do? The trousers don’t fit and each day my kids get bigger. The head was completely dismissive and insisted that my son will be put in isolation for flouting the school guidelines, so I have withdrawn both my sons from them from classes."
Ms Lish said she has been threatened with legal action for taking her children out of school and she is seeking advice from the council as to where she goes from here.
Last week, another mother wrote to the government over Bushey Mead School’s new uniform policy, which she described as "tantamount to bullying".
The concerned mother, who does not wish to be named, wrote to the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws MP, saying the new regulations were "absolutely ridiculous".
A statement from the school’s governing body said: "The governing body believes that school uniform is an essential part of establishing the school ethos.
"As such a uniform by definition is to be standard and worn properly. This summer changes were made to skirts and trousers following consultation.
"Any parents / carers who have required financial assistance have been able to apply for this through the school. There are two suppliers of uniform to the school who have stated all placed orders have been supplied.
"If there are breeches of school uniform rules sanctions will be applied appropriately. Such sanctions are not a new policy and have always formed part of the school’s policies and procedures."
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