Newark students sent home from Magnus C of E Academy during heatwave due to 'inappropriate' hotpant PE shorts
An academy’s heatwave uniform policy caused students to be kept off school over ‘inappropriate’ PE shorts.
Students at Magnus Church of England Academy, Newark, were given permission to wear their PE kits to school for the two hottest days of the heatwave on Monday on Tuesday.
However, nearly 50 students were sent home because they were considered to be wearing inappropriate shorts.
A parent of one year seven girl raised concerns about the school’s decision to send students home and further disrupt their learning, despite their clothing fitting PE kit policy.
Her daughter attended school in fitted, mid-thigh length black shorts, which she normally wears as part of her PE kit.
She said: “I checked all the policy and all it states is black shorts.
“Magnus said students could come in to school in PE kits, and my daughter has worn the shorts as part of her PE kit all term.
“She was there 20 minutes and then they called me to send her home.
“They said it wasn’t appropriate and she needed to change into different PE shorts.”
Magnus’ executive principal Anna Martin said: “We just asked students to return home to change into appropriate PE shorts.
“While we know some girls like to wear hotpants-style shorts for PE, they are not appropriate for a day at school.
“We sent this in a message to parents on Friday. Some girls still came in the shorts and were sent home to change and the majority of them complied.”
The students were given the alternative option to wear school uniform, minus blazer and tie, rather than the PE kit.
The message sent to parents said: “Students are able to wear their normal school uniform, without a blazer and tie, or, can wear their Magnus PE kit. Please note that hotpant- style shorts are not part of the Magnus PE kit, and should not be worn.”
The parent added: “They are proper sports shorts, bought from a sports shop — not hotpants.
“I am not buying her new shorts just before the end of term.”
Due to the extreme heat, the parent decided that her daughter should not attend school in her school uniform, meaning she would have to stay off — which the school has listed as an unauthorised absence.
“They sent her home, but put it down as unauthorised, and it will be unauthorised today.
“It is bizarre — as if they haven’t missed out on enough learning,” said the parent.