A deputy headteacher has sparked criticism from parents after insisting that children remove their winter coats, scarves, gloves and hats before entering school buildings.
Nigel Barlow from Tring School in Hertfordshire wrote to parents informing them that their children would face a one hour after-school detention if they were caught breaking the rule three times.
One parent branded the system 'heavy-handed' and said that the school seemed to enforce 'one draconian measure after another' and that this latest one was 'absolutely ridiculous'.
Nigel Barlow defended the school's stance, telling his local newspaper it was not a 'big issue'.
"It is not draconian or anything else," he said, "If a member of staff sees they're making an effort then there is no big issue about this."
In his letter home to parents, Mr Barlow wrote:
"It has come to my attention that there seems to be some confusion regarding the three strike system and the wearing of coats, scarves, gloves and hats.
"At no point has the school said that these items cannot be worn. In these cold winter months, it is extremely important that students wrap up warm and wear appropriate clothing. However, before a student enters any of the school buildings, these items need to be removed. A student found wearing any of these items will be issued a strike on their card. The card system only operates outside of the classroom setting, any issues inside lessons are recorded electronically.
"If students are feeling the cold, a black v-neck jumper can be worn. Students can also wear a plain white T shirt underneath their school shirt. Can I please remind parents/carers that hoodies and cardigans are not permitted at anytime within the school. Obviously, I will be monitoring the weather situation closely in the coming months and will liaise with parents about appropriate footwear as the need arises. If you have any concerns or queries about the school's uniform policy or the three strike system, please do not hesitate in contacting me at the school."
Mr Barlow said that the letter had gone out in response to a 'small number of calls' he had received querying the winter dress code.
The school's website outlines their uniform policy, stating that 'students are ambassadors of the school and a high standard of dress and appearance is expected at all times. The Governors of Tring School together with the Headteacher are responsible for setting school uniform regulations'.
What do you think? A bit over the top?
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