School uniform row leaves pupil excluded

A PUPIL from Churchill Community School has returned to class wearing a t-shirt two sizes too big after a uniform row saw him sent out of lessons.

A PUPIL from Churchill Community School has returned to class wearing a T-shirt two sizes too big after a uniform row saw him sent out of lessons.

William Rossouw was separated from his classmates on September 13 after he wore a white polo shirt rather than a new navy blue one.

Problems arose when the 13-year-old and his parents, of High Street, Banwell, went to buy the new school uniform but could not find a shirt in his size.

William’s dad, Grant, said: “I thought it would be okay to send him back to school in his white shirt with a letter explaining why.”


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However, Mr Rossouw was told this was unacceptable and William would have to wear a long sleeve shirt and tie instead.

He said: “I thought this was ridiculous because, at the time, the weather was still quite hot.

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“When William returned to school the next day, wearing the white polo shirt, he was given a school tie and told to put it on.

“He did get a bit rowdy with the teacher and so was told to leave the classroom. He then rang his mum.”

Denise Rossouw, aged 44, said she could not believe William had missed lessons all because of a T-shirt, so she brought him home.

William returned to school on Monday with a blue shirt, which Mr Rossouw said they had to buy in Cheddar, even though it is too big.

Mr Rossouw said: “I’ve never had any problems with the school before but they should just admit they’ve made a mistake with the ordering of the new T-shirt.”

Churchill Community School headteacher, Dr Barry Wratten said: “As far as I know there are shirts available in the shops.

“The issue with the availability of certain sizes is down to the business managers of the companies involved.

“Pupils do have the option of wearing a tie with a white shirt, whether that is a polo shirt or a long sleeved shirt.”

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