Dozens of pupils sent home from Liverpool school for wearing the wrong shoes DOZENS of children were sent home from a Liverpool school this week for wearing the wrong shoes.
Teachers at Fazakerley high met about 60 pupils at the school gates and told them to return home to change into plain unbranded shoes.
The school policy only allows plain black footwear.
The school today said the agreement was reached with the backing of parents, pupils and governors.
But single mum Joanne Kaye said she was furious her two sons were sent home to Norris Green after turning up for school wearing black trainers with a silver Nike tick logo.
She claimed the 12-year-old and 15-year-old boys had to sit on the doorstep for hours in the rain until their nan returned home to let them in.
Ms Kaye said: “They could not even get into the school grounds. They were just sent home. Why couldn’t the school have just phoned me?
“They did not have a key and had to sit in the pouring rain.
“I am fuming because I have not got enough money to buy them both a new pair of shoes, so I have had to keep them off school.
“I thought these shoes were hard-wearing and suitable despite the small tick.
“I can understand if they were luminous or green but the school should be concentrating on the truants.”
The school should be more concerned with tackling the truants and those wearing the wrong clothes and layers of make-up than a tiny tick on a pair of shoes.”
But head teacher Nick Fleming said everyone was made aware only plain black shoes were acceptable.
He said: “Wednesday was a training day and when the school opened in the afternoon, we asked around 60 children to go home and change into school footwear.
“We did not send any of the younger students home and all but four have returned to school in the correct footwear.
“In July, I sent out a flyer and letter to all our parents, giving them two months’ warning that only plain black shoes were allowed for school.
“If not, they ran the risk of the children being asked to go home and change into the correct footwear.”
He added: “Governors, staff and children are more than happy with the charter, which all parents and pupils sign up to.
“Plain black shoes are cheaper, stop children identifying themselves in groups by their make of trainer, and stop them being competitive.” THE ECHO