Girl, 12, put in isolation as mum says hips too wide for uniform skirt


A 12-year-old girl has been banned from the classroom because her mum says her hips are too wide to wear the regulation uniform skirt.

Shylah Johnson has been put into the isolation unit at her school, Brookvale Groby Learning Campus in Leicestershire.

Mum Daisy says Shylah’s hips are too wide for the uniform skirt and she spent the summer looking for a suitable one, reports LeicestershireLive.

The school’s headteacher says they have offered to tailor a skirt to fit Shylah but they have not been able to reach a compromise with her family.

Daisy says off-the-peg black pleated skirts don’t fit properly and she has tried buying them from shops including Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Matalan, and Primark.

Daisy and partner Dharmesh Patel say they had no option but to send Shylah to school in a plain-black skirt rather than the required pleated one.

Shylah was instantly removed from classes and placed in isolation for having the incorrect uniform.

Daisy said: “We have spent hundreds of pounds ordering skirts that didn’t fit and returning them, we’ve tried everywhere. But because she has wide hips and a small waist the skirts don’t fit properly.

“So we had to get her a regular skirt that does fit, but she was immediately sent to isolation because of it not being pleated.

“She has missed two tests already this week because she can’t be in full-time education, all because her skirt doesn’t have pleats in it.

“She’s being discriminated against, really, because she doesn’t have a body shape for their uniform policy. The school even gave us one of their skirts for her to wear and it doesn’t fit at all around her waist.”

Dharmesh, Daisy, and Shylah have bought skirts from countless different shops to try and find one that fits

Dharmesh, Daisy, and Shylah have bought skirts from countless different shops to try and find one that fits

Daisy added: “They told us to just turn it down and wear it like that for now, but there’s a lot of gap off her waist and it doesn’t fit.

“It’s not like she doesn’t want to wear the school skirt. She is in Year 8 and wore one throughout her first year. But she’s had a growth spurt over the summer and her old one doesn’t fit.

“She has issues with her anxiety at the best of times and this really isn’t helping.

“The school has told us if they let her wear a plain black skirt, others will use it as an excuse to wear one. But it’s not the case for her, they should be punished for breaking the uniform policy willingly, Shylah would only be breaking it because she has no other option.”

Headteacher for Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, Will Teece, said: “The school has had the same uniform policy for many years, we’ve provided the family with a skirt, offered to take them to the shops, and offered to have it tailored – but it simply seems like she doesn’t want to wear the skirt.

“We’ve got 1,500 other students who have not had any issues with their uniform and have settled well into the start of the new academic year.

“We’ll do all we can to offer support to students to get them the right uniform, and everyone else on campus is in the right uniform.

“We’d like nothing more than to get the student back into full-time education, and we feel we have offered more than enough options for the parent and student to do this.”

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