Pupil punished in sleeve row

Year 9 Morley Academy pupil Jack Barron was punished for rolling his sleeves up. (D511D443)
Year 9 Morley Academy pupil Jack Barron was punished for rolling his sleeves up. (D511D443)
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A row has broken out over a school’s decision to penalise pupils for rolling up their sleeves.

Students at Morley Academy were told in September that they would no longer be allowed to draw back the arms of long sleeves shirts in an attempt to “prepare them for the working world.”

The new rule has already resulted in one year nine pupil serving a detention. Jack Barron was penalised after he accumulated three negative comments in his homework diary, one of which was for rolling up his sleeves.

Jack’s mum Donna has complained that the measure was unnecessary and disproportionate and that it does not feature on the list of rules on the school website.

Mrs Barron said: “The school have told me that the rule is to help prepare them for the working world, and I would understand that but I don’t know of any office or workplace that insists on people not rolling up their sleeves. I’ve checked the rules on the school website and it’s not on there.

“I am quite strict with Jack in terms of his behaviour and I’m happy working with the school on other matters but I just think this rule is particularly extreme.”

David Bardsley, assistant principal at the academy said: “We have a positive discipline system in place and high standards of uniform. Jack didn’t get a detention for just rolling his sleeves up - he got three comments for other misdemeanours.

“Some school rules might not be written down - we can’t list every variation.”