You may have heard about the story about the uniform issue at Hartsdown Academy in Margate, Kent. If you haven’t, you can read about it here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3775968/Police-called-school-sends-FIFTY-children-home-day-term-weren-t-wearing-right-uniform.html
I live very close to this school and know some of the pupils and staff. My experience of uniform was never extreme – I went to a school that really didn’t care what we wore, short skirts, tight trousers, trainers, bright socks, you name it and in my opinion that did cause a bullying issue. The pupils with lots of money would show that by what they wore and would belittle the pupils wearing less expensive items.
I believe that what the headmaster is trying to promote is in everyone’s best interests and will benefit the pupils in the long run by teaching them to respect rules. On the flip side, I think the way he has done it is disgusting. Point blank turning pupils away with no means to get back to their homes and not even alerting their parents that it’s happened petrifies me, especially when there has been a number of sexual assaults on young girls in the middle of the day in Margate and surrounding areas.
When questioned about this, the headmaster, Mr. Tate had this to say:
‘This is a school that has been under-performing and we are determined to do the very best by the children of Thanet, this is part of raising expectations and standards so that every child has a fantastic education.
‘A small minority of parents were not happy but we have had emails and phone calls from other parents to express their support and they said this is a good thing, that it is good to set standards and they want the best for the children.
‘I have had feedback from teachers that behaviour was much better and if we can improve behaviour by 10% then that gives children another 19 days school, so a small amount of time out of school is a price worth paying.’
I agree with him that the school has never had a good reputation and uniform has been a huge issue so if the behaviour is changing for the better and the students are learning valuable life lessons, maybe his determination is a good thing.
What is your opinion on this? I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading!