St Helens students go home in Cowley shoe shuffle

St Helens Star: Footwear row raises its head at college Footwear row raises its head at college

A ROW erupted after Cowley International College students were sent home for wearing non-regulation footwear.

One parent estimated that 40 Year 11 students were sent home and told to come back wearing plain black school shoes while another said as many as 60 pupils were involved.

The College stated “only a very small number of students were sent home to replace incorrect footwear with shoes that adhere to the standards clearly set out in our uniform policy”.

The Star received unsolicited complaints from three families with students who had been sent home.

Thatto Heath man Philip Martlett, whose granddaughter 16 year-old Danielle Waring was one of them, said: “Forty kids lost a day’s schooling, I think this could have been handled better. Dani was wearing trainers but she has now returned to Cowley with a pair of proper school shoes.”

Danielle said: “It is getting to the point where Cowley cares more about appearance than your education. If they were going to make the rule it should have been in our planner last September then we would have known which shoes to wear.”

One mum told the Star: “My son has worn the same style shoes for the past four and a half years since he started at the school. He was told to remove his shoes and wear a pair that they would provide. He refused. I was called to be told he was being sent home. I feel this punishment is just too harsh.”

Cowley Principal Cameron Sheeran said: “We firmly believe that uniforms – both clothing and footwear – contribute positively to students' behaviour. When students wear uniforms, they feel more professional and behave accordingly.

“Experience has shown that students can become distracted by fashion trends and status symbol clothing. Uniforms also eliminate any competition about being dressed in the latest styles – which can put financial pressure on students and their parents or carers.

“All parents and carers are made aware of the college’s uniform requirements when they arrive at Cowley - and are advised that this policy will be enforced. “If any family raises concerns or has any questions surrounding this matter, we will work with individual cases to offer appropriate advice and support.”

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11:19am Fri 7 Feb 14

saintsforever81 says...

When has a school EVER allowed students to wear trainers to school? It's not exactly a new rule, now is it?
When has a school EVER allowed students to wear trainers to school? It's not exactly a new rule, now is it? saintsforever81
  • Score: 21

11:31am Fri 7 Feb 14

cde says...

To many people backing down to kids that is the reason a lot of teenagers are the way they are to day because nobody will say anything to them people are wRned about uniform policy so they decide to ignore it and let the kids do what they want I say good on the school rules are there to be followed hope more schools do it too
To many people backing down to kids that is the reason a lot of teenagers are the way they are to day because nobody will say anything to them people are wRned about uniform policy so they decide to ignore it and let the kids do what they want I say good on the school rules are there to be followed hope more schools do it too cde
  • Score: 23

12:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

saintsforever81 says...

I totally agree with CDE, if we allow kids to wear what they like, regardless of rules, then what happens when they leave and go to the world of work?

If I rocked up to work wearing my gym trainers, I am sure I would be asked to change them, If i refused (as stated in this report the students did) i am sure i would be disciplined or fired! It's time that we, as a community, stood by those wanting to maintain high standards and enforce sensible rules. Three cheers for Cowley!
I totally agree with CDE, if we allow kids to wear what they like, regardless of rules, then what happens when they leave and go to the world of work? If I rocked up to work wearing my gym trainers, I am sure I would be asked to change them, If i refused (as stated in this report the students did) i am sure i would be disciplined or fired! It's time that we, as a community, stood by those wanting to maintain high standards and enforce sensible rules. Three cheers for Cowley! saintsforever81
  • Score: 20

6:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Pandora25 says...

I agree with the school. School is not just about learning in lessons, it is about learning life skills - how to behave in the real world. Like saintsforever81 says, if you didn't wear a uniform to work, then you'd be disciplined. A uniform is worn so that every student looks the same, no fancy named footwear and definitely no trainers.
The trouble is parents are too quick to criticise schools these days - try supporting them, maybe then your little darlings may grow in to decent human beings
I agree with the school. School is not just about learning in lessons, it is about learning life skills - how to behave in the real world. Like saintsforever81 says, if you didn't wear a uniform to work, then you'd be disciplined. A uniform is worn so that every student looks the same, no fancy named footwear and definitely no trainers. The trouble is parents are too quick to criticise schools these days - try supporting them, maybe then your little darlings may grow in to decent human beings Pandora25
  • Score: 15

8:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Ghostie01 says...

Is this really news? Student gets disciplined for failing to follow rules? I think the real responsibility for this rests with Mr Martlett, who has run to the papers rather than teach his granddaughter a life lesson, follow the rules or you'll get in trouble. He's letting her down badly on this one. Shame on the Star for reporting such drivel!
Is this really news? Student gets disciplined for failing to follow rules? I think the real responsibility for this rests with Mr Martlett, who has run to the papers rather than teach his granddaughter a life lesson, follow the rules or you'll get in trouble. He's letting her down badly on this one. Shame on the Star for reporting such drivel! Ghostie01
  • Score: 12

8:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

Totally agree with above posts. Plain black shoes. Not hard is it. I can understand posters like Bill Bradbury if this is what teachers have to put up with!
Totally agree with above posts. Plain black shoes. Not hard is it. I can understand posters like Bill Bradbury if this is what teachers have to put up with! barrie timpson
  • Score: 13

11:04am Sat 8 Feb 14

frankly says...

Discipline has to be learned at an early age...lots don't have it, and that's why we have undisciplined teens on the streets, in the parks/ etc etc.. Bring it back and we shall all walk the same line.
Discipline has to be learned at an early age...lots don't have it, and that's why we have undisciplined teens on the streets, in the parks/ etc etc.. Bring it back and we shall all walk the same line. frankly
  • Score: 8

10:33am Mon 10 Feb 14

amilocal says...

Good work Cowley. Also, just for the record, Danielle needs to read her planner properly - it is on page 1 and has always been. Very clear - plain black shoes, no trainers.
At least someone is upholding standards, about time!
Good work Cowley. Also, just for the record, Danielle needs to read her planner properly - it is on page 1 and has always been. Very clear - plain black shoes, no trainers. At least someone is upholding standards, about time! amilocal
  • Score: 11

9:41pm Tue 11 Feb 14

rosered1 says...

Fully agree with the above comments. Just passed Haydock Sports College on way to a meeting and there are girls coming out of there wearing more make up than a Boots counter. What do they think they look like.?
Fully agree with the above comments. Just passed Haydock Sports College on way to a meeting and there are girls coming out of there wearing more make up than a Boots counter. What do they think they look like.? rosered1
  • Score: 9

12:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

kjd161 says...

9 comments, and not 1 agreeing with the Grandad, Mum, or pupil. About time too. These people seem to think that rules are for everyone except them. It may seem a trifling issue, but as some of the above posters, and the head says, there are good reasons for this rule. I agree with frankly when he (or she) says it's about discipline. Children do much better, and are usually happier, when they have set boundaries and rules. They don't get any benefit when their parents think my little Johnnie or Janie should be able to do as he or she wants.
9 comments, and not 1 agreeing with the Grandad, Mum, or pupil. About time too. These people seem to think that rules are for everyone except them. It may seem a trifling issue, but as some of the above posters, and the head says, there are good reasons for this rule. I agree with frankly when he (or she) says it's about discipline. Children do much better, and are usually happier, when they have set boundaries and rules. They don't get any benefit when their parents think my little Johnnie or Janie should be able to do as he or she wants. kjd161
  • Score: 6

7:10pm Thu 13 Feb 14

cheky p says...

Cowley School

my daughter had to send hear receipt in about her sons shoes to prove thy are shoes from clark"s as they cost £45 still not got the receipt back as yet, but at the end of the day they representing the school, and may i say the school is to fore to big.

ps
get rid of the nanny state
Cowley School my daughter had to send hear receipt in about her sons shoes to prove thy are shoes from clark"s as they cost £45 still not got the receipt back as yet, but at the end of the day they representing the school, and may i say the school is to fore to big. ps get rid of the nanny state cheky p
  • Score: -5

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