Crying schoolgirl in isolation after teacher checked waist for Asda label

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    A 12-year-old girl has been thrown in isolation after a skirt-inspecting teacher spotted hers was from Asda.

    Holderness Academy student, Lilly from Hull says she was among the many girls told to lift up their blouses so a teacher could make sure their uniform was bought exclusively from the school's official provider.

    Hull Live reports that when "tiny" Lilly was found to have been wearing a pleated £7 number from Asda instead of the near identical mandatory £17.99 version, she was sent to learn in isolation.

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    "She wore a Sainsburys skirt last year and had no problems," Lilly's mum Katie said. Her parents Katie and Wayne, say that due to her slim physique, they could not find a skirt to fit her from Rawcliffes Schoolwear and instead purchased one from Asda.

    Mum Katie told Hull Live: "We originally did try to get her the right skirt but Lilly is tiny, it kept falling off her. The skirts are between £17.99 and £21.99 each from Rawcliffes, but we managed to find black pleated skirts from Asda, which cost £7 for two.

    "This year, teachers have been asking pupils to lift up their blouses so they can see the label in the waistband. When Lilly was found to have an Asda skirt, she was put in isolation and came home very upset."

    In isolation, also known as 'reflection', students are made to sit in silence and answer questions from a textbook independently, rather than have a teacher-led lesson. Dad Wayne said: "It's not her fault that she can't fit into the right one and she shouldn't be punished for it – the school need to contact the parents directly to discuss it. The majority of the children being put in isolation are good kids that don't deserve to be there."

    Holderness Academy and other schools in the area are standing firm with their new uniform policies. A spokeswoman for the Consortium Trust, of which Holderness Academy is part of, said: "The start of the academic year is a key period in which standards and expectations are set.

    "We work respectfully with our learners to support good habits and adherence to key policies; this is in the best interest of all members of the school community. Our schools’ uniform expectations foster equality and encourage a sense of pride and belonging in the community.

    "We are working through a small number of concerns that have been raised by parents and will continue to work with them to overcome any barriers. We work respectfully with our students, demonstrating our school values at all times."

    However, the Department of Education has made their stance on uniforms clear, advising schools to prioritise cost over anything else when it comes to sourcing uniform.

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