Parent fumes as school send kids home on hottest day of year over uniform code

A mother has criticised a school's 'ridiculous' school uniform policy after male students were made to wear trousers and girls had to wear tights – and she was reprimanded for sending her kid in wearing their PE uniform.

Lincoln Castle Academy in Lincoln came under fire from parents due to its decision to not allow students to wear their PE kits on the hottest day ever recorded in Lincolnshire.

The school sent a number of students home, classing it as a 'fixed term exclusion' for the children in question, leaving some in tears.

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Tanisha Smith, mum of Year 7 student Jessica Smith, 12, sent her child to school on Monday morning wearing her PE kit due to the heat and as it had the school badge on it, meaning her school could be identified in case of any emergency.

Lincoln Castle Academy's uniform policy for July 18 said that students could leave their blazers and ties at home, but they would still be required to wear trousers, or tights if they were wearing a skirt.

A number of parents criticised this decision on the school's Facebook page, which has since been removed and appears to have been deleted.

Ms Smith slammed the policy as "ridiculous" amid the extreme temperatures.

She said: "The teachers are wearing nice, flowy, dresses and not wearing tights, and the male teachers are wearing shorts.

"Some of the parents had decided not to send their kids to school, I decided I wasn't going to do that because I don't think her education should be stopped just because of the heat.

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"So, I sent her to school in her PE kit like most of the other parents said they were going to do."

Ms Smith explained that when Jessica got to school, she was contacted and asked to bring her school uniform for her to change into.

She declined this request and told them her reasoning, which she says the school staff member on the phone said was a valid point.

It was at this point that the school said they would be sending Jessica home, and that it would be classed as a 'fixed-term exclusion'.

Ms Smith continued: "My daughter's come home quite upset that this will now go on her school record, all because the school wouldn't allow her to wear her PE kit in weather like this, which I think is absolutely ridiculous."

The record for the hottest day in Lincolnshire is set to be broken again today, and the school has since confirmed to parents that it will be a non-uniform day.

The school wrote on Twitter: "As the forecast warms up for tomorrow, we've decided to make Tuesday 19 July a non-uniform day. Students should continue to observe our normal rules on makeup and jewellery. Clothes should be appropriate (i.e. no crop tops, short skirts, or offensive slogans/images)."

Lincoln Castle Academy have been contacted for comment.

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