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Parents object to earring ban at Orford school
8:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A GROUP of parents have launched a petition after school bosses stopped pupils wearing earrings at a school in Orford.
One concerned parent believes the uniform policy at St Andrew's Primary School, Mardale Avenue, ‘has gone a step too far’ as children should not be ‘punished’ for wearing earrings.
Ann-Marie Shiggins strongly opposes the uniform policy after she was told that her five-year-old daughter would be held in detention during break times if she chose not to remove the earrings.
Ann-Marie said: “Wearing earrings does not harm your education, but keeping children isolated from their friends can harm their development.
“This means children who have earring in won’t be able to go outside during school time - this will do more damage. I’m really mortified by this.”
The school has recently changed its policy, with regards to children wearing earrings, which originally allowed pupils to cover the piercings with plasters.
But the recent changes, which came into force in October, have meant that the school does not allow children to wear earrings, even if they are covered up.
Ann-Marie said: “I don’t have a problem with health and safety so I was happy to cover the earrings up but this is a step too far.
“Many parents agree. Children should be allowed to wear studs to school and not be persecuted for it.”
Head teacher Keith Cahillane said: “The school spent a full year consulting parents and carers, teachers, governors and the children themselves, and the vast majority of parents and children support our uniform policy.
“I do understand that not all parents agree with all parts of the policy but we do ask families to respect and adhere to the policy.
“We do review school policies periodically, and our uniform policy is reviewed annually.
“Parents are always invited to contribute to such reviews, either through the comment area on the weekly newsletter or more directly at head teacher meetings, which are offered half-termly.”
To sign the petition visit gopetition.co.uk/petitions/ann-marie-shiggins.html.
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