A “furious” dad says his 15-year-old son has been excluded from school over his footwear that he has been wearing all year.
Damion Norbury, from Middleton, said that the shoes worn by his son Jayden had no “resemblance” to trainers and felt the attitude from Newhouse Academy in Heywood was “unacceptable”.
Jayden has been wearing the shoes since the start of the academic year and yet it was on December 2 that the school sent him home, claimed Mr Norbury.
Damion told the Manchester Evening News : “He’s had them on all year and on Tuesday, the school decided they were trainers.
“There’s absolutely no resemblance to trainers in the shoes, I don’t get where its coming from. I had a meeting on Tuesday and I felt disrespected with the way they spoke to me.
“I said he’s happy with the shoes he’s got and he’s comfortable with them. So they decided they were either going to exclude him on a fixed term or give him an internal exclusion.
“He went into to school the next day and they tried to give him an internal exclusion which he refused, so they’ve sent him home on a fixed term exclusion but haven’t told us how long for.
“He’s (Jayden) quite annoyed by it, he’s flying, he’s a brilliant pupil, gets all his work done to great standards and now this is standing in the way of him getting good marks.”
Mr Norbury said that he is most worried now about his son’s education as he is currently studying for his GCSEs and an exclusion could disrupt him.
While on top of this he now has to work out childcare for Jayden.
“I’m furious with this, it’s disrupted our day,” he said.
“I have to look after my wife who’s disabled so it’s making it harder. I’d send him to my mum, but she’s got enough to do, I’m not putting that on her as well.
“When I’ve been on the phone, I’m not going to lie, I used some colourful language towards them because I was fuming. The shoes have been no problem all year, and now all of a sudden there’s a problem.
“Jayden feels like he’s been spoken down to and he doesn’t want to go back to school, but I can’t let that happen. I want them to reinstate him immediately with a full apology.”
A spokesperson for Newhouse Academy told the MEN: “The school will not comment on any specific case with a student. However, as a school, we have clear uniform guidance on our website; this includes photographs of acceptable uniform.
“In circumstances where parents/carers need support, we are able to provide shoes from our stock, or in medical circumstances, a payment towards shoes that adhere with the school’s uniform rules.”