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School bans 10 girls for wearing tight trousers





  • Pupils have been excluded from lessons at Havelock Academy in Lincolnshire
  • The 10 girls have been banned from classes because their trousers are too tight
  • But they claim they have been wearing the same trousers all year without a fuss 

By Abe Hawken For Mailonline

Published: 04:47 EDT, 30 March 2017 | Updated: 05:02 EDT, 30 March 2017

A school has banned 10 girls for wearing trousers which are too tight just weeks before their GCSEs as pupils slam the head teacher's 'ridiculous' uniform policy.

The pupils will be excluded from normal classes at Havelock Academy in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, until they get new trousers.

Two of them have described the decision - taken following a uniform inspection - as 'ridiculous' - with one wearing the same pair all year without creating a fuss.  

And the defiant parents of the two girls say they will stay at home for the rest of the school year until they sit their exams - because they refuse to pay up.

Brooke Allison (left) and her friend Olivia Godfrey (right) have been excluded from lessons until they get new trousers  Brooke Allison (left) and her friend Olivia Godfrey (right) have been excluded from lessons until they get new trousers 

Brooke Allison (left) and her friend Olivia Godfrey (right) have been excluded from lessons until they get new trousers 

The two teenagers (pictured with Tracy Godfrey) have been told that their trousers are too tight The two teenagers (pictured with Tracy Godfrey) have been told that their trousers are too tight

The two teenagers (pictured with Tracy Godfrey) have been told that their trousers are too tight

Brooke Allison, 16, says she was told her £10 Asda black Lycra trousers are too tight - even though she claims to have worn the same style since the age of 11.

The teenager, who is expecting to get Bs and Cs in most subjects, said: 'It's ridiculous. Trousers do not affect your education but being taken out of lessons does.'

She said 80 per cent of girls and 40 per cent of boys at the school had trousers that were just as tight.

Married full-time mother-of-six Angela Westerman, 45, of Cleethorpes, said: 'She has had this pair on since September and they have said nothing.

'I don't think they're too tight, either - I would have pulled her out of school myself if they were.'

School friend Olivia Godfrey was taken out at the same time as Brooke - and is equally unimpressed.

She is still grieving over the death of her father, Paul Godfrey, who died of a cardiac arrest before Christmas.

The 15-year-old said: 'It's absolutely stupid because it does not affect my learning.

'If it's such a problem, they should do something about all the pupils who have tight trousers - and not just us.'

Her mother, Tracy Godfrey, 48, Grimsby, said she had offered to change the trousers - but was then told by the school Olivia needed a new bag as well, despite having been without it for several months. 

The girls are two of 10 pupils who have been banned from lessons until they get new uniform The girls are two of 10 pupils who have been banned from lessons until they get new uniform

The girls are two of 10 pupils who have been banned from lessons until they get new uniform

Havelock Academy principal Wendy Jackson (pictured) said pupils have started to wear make-up which does not 'meet the expectations the school has set'  Havelock Academy principal Wendy Jackson (pictured) said pupils have started to wear make-up which does not 'meet the expectations the school has set' 

Havelock Academy principal Wendy Jackson (pictured) said pupils have started to wear make-up which does not 'meet the expectations the school has set' 

She added: 'It's absolutely disgusting. She has been wearing these school trousers for a long time.

'She has not had a school bag for a year, and that's not been mentioned before.'

Both parents say they do not want to have to pay for new uniform, but the school insists they will pay the bill if necessary.

The school has been in the headlines before for sending home pupils with tight trousers - with year 8 pupil Phoebe Holmes kept in isolation in September<_ www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk="" are-these-trousers-too-tight-to-be-worn-at-school-row-after-12-year-old-is-sent-to-isolation="" story-29716279-detail="" story.html="">, and Jade-Marie Clarke, 15, was told the same thing in 2015.

Regular inspections are carried out there to find pupils who are not wearing the proper uniform - but staff insist they regularly remind parents and pupils about the policy.

Principal Wendy Jackson said: 'In this instance, a number of female students have recently started wearing uniform and make-up that does not meet the expectations the school has set.

'When something like this happens, students are put into our alternative provision at the school.

'This enables them to still access all aspects of their education, while ensuring that the basic codes of the academy are still adhered to.' 

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