A 12-year-old girl has been placed in isolation at school for wearing the wrong type of skirt – after her mother said her hips are too wide for the one she needs.
Shylah Johnson has been taken out of classes at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus in Groby, Leicestershire, after her mum, Daisy Johnson, spent the summer trying to find her a pleated skirt that would fit.
The school said it had offered to help tailor a skirt to fit Shylah but the family and headteacher have been unable to reach a compromise.
Shylah Johnson, 12, has been placed in isolation at school for wearing the wrong type of skirt (pictured: Shylah’s father Dharmesh Patel holding up different skirts his daughter tried)
Due to sizing issues, Shylah and her mum found that off-the-peg black pleated skirts wouldn’t fit properly.
Daisy said that her daughter was being ‘discriminated’ against and has already missed tests in school because she was removed from class.
The mother tried a number of different versions of skirts from shops such as Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Matalan, and Primark.
Daisy and her partner, Dharmesh Patel, had no option but to send their daughter to school wearing a plain black skirt instead of a pleated one.
That day, Shylah was removed from classes and placed in isolation for not having the correct uniform.
The girl has been taken out of classes at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus in Groby, Leicestershire, pictured, due to her uniform
Daisy said: ‘We have spent hundreds of pounds ordering skirts that didn’t fit and returning them, we’ve tried everywhere. But because she has wide hips and a small waist the skirts don’t fit properly.
‘So we had to get her a regular skirt that does fit, but she was immediately sent to isolation because of it not being pleated.
‘She has missed two tests already this week because she can’t be in full-time education, all because her skirt doesn’t have pleats in it.’
She added: ‘She’s being discriminated against, really, because she doesn’t have a body shape for their uniform policy.
Daisy said that her daughter was being ‘discriminated’ against by the school and has already missed tests in school because she was removed from class
‘The school even gave us one of their skirts for her to wear and it doesn’t fit at all around her waist.’
Daisy has spoken with the school to try and resolve things, and despite having discussions with school representatives, she has been unable to reach a compromise.
Daisy said: ‘They told us to just turn it down and wear it like that for now, but there’s a lot of gap off her waist and it doesn’t fit.
‘It’s not like she doesn’t want to wear the school skirt. She is in Year 8 and wore one throughout her first year. But she’s had a growth spurt over the summer and her old one doesn’t fit.
‘The school has told us if they let her wear a plain black skirt, others will use it as an excuse to wear one.
Shylah’s parents tried a number of different versions of skirts from shops such as Marks & Spencer, New Look and Primark but no pleated ones fit so they sent her to school in a plain one
‘But it’s not the case for her, they should be punished for breaking the uniform policy willingly, Shylah would only be breaking it because she has no other option.’
Will Teece, headteacher at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, said that the school has offered a number of different options to try and help get Shylah back into classes.
These have including offering to adjust a skirt so it fits Shylah’s measurements, after giving the family a skirt.
Mr Teece said: ‘The school has had the same uniform policy for many years, we’ve provided the family with a skirt, offered to take them to the shops, and offered to have it tailored – bit it simply seems like she doesn’t want to wear the skirt.
‘We’ve got 1,500 other students who have not had any issues with their uniform and have settled well into the start of the new academic year.
‘We’ll do all we can to offer support to students to get them the right uniform, and everyone else on campus is in the right uniform.
‘We’d like nothing more than to get the student back into full-time education, and we feel we have offered more than enough options for the parent and student to do this.’