Mum’s fury at ‘teacher’s threat to cut bows off pupil’s socks’ on school return

A furious mum says she is "disgusted" after claiming a teacher "threatened to cut the bows off her daughter's socks" on her first day at secondary school.

After arriving at Dixons Brooklands Academy in Manchester on Monday morning (September 5), the 11-year-old was reportedly landed in hot water over her uniform, and was told she would be put in detention if she broke the rules again.

As well as a teacher allegedly telling her he would cut off the bows on her socks if she wore them again, she was reportedly told her black tote bag was "inappropriate" and needed to be replaced, reported the Manchester Evening News.

The schoolgirl's mum, who asked not to be named, shared a photo of her daughter's black socks and bag and says she can't understand why the school has taken issue with them.

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"I'm just disgusted that kids have had a threat like this on their first day at high school," she said.

"It doesn't state on any letters from school that no bows are allowed or no tote bags.

"As long as it holds everything you need for school it shouldn't be a problem."

The mum-of-three added: "Apparently Year 9 have to wear office wear clothes and some people have mentioned that they take tote bags and handbags with them.

"I don't know why it's different for other years."

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The mum said her daughter was upset when she returned home on Monday and asked whether she could move schools.

Yesterday (Tuesday, September 6) she took her old rucksack from primary school and wore some grey socks without bows, but her mum says she has now been given a detention for this in two weeks' time.

"She received a 12 minute detention," said the mum. "It's totally crazy."

A spokesperson for the school said: "Dixons Brooklands Academy has the highest of expectations for all students and we wish to congratulate our new students who made an excellent start yesterday. They looked fabulous in their new academy uniform.

"Uniform expectations were shared with all families on several occasions and every child was given financial support to purchase their new uniform.

"With regards to school bags we have stated that a bag should enable students to carry books, homework, equipment, their planner and a water bottle.

"In cases where bags do not meet this requirement we will work with individual families to resolve this."


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