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Girl kicked out of class because she was wearing black skirt from Asda

A 12-year-old girl was ‘left in tears’ after she was banned from lessons for wearing a skirt from Asda.

Lilly, from Hull, said staff members at Holderness Academy checked students’ uniforms to make sure they were bought exclusively from the school’s official provider.

But staff members found Lilly was waring a £7 pleated skirt from Asda rather than the £17.99 mandatory version – so she was sent to learn in isolation.

Lilly’s mum Katie told Hull Live: ‘We originally did try to get her the right skirt but Lilly is tiny, it kept falling off her. The skirts are between £17.99 and £21.99 each from Rawcliffes, but we managed to find black pleated skirts from Asda, which cost £7 for two.

‘This year, teachers have been asking pupils to lift up their blouses so they can see the label in the waistband. When Lilly was found to have an Asda skirt, she was put in isolation and came home very upset.’

When students are placed in isolation, they are made to sit in silnce and answer questions from a textbook.

Lilly’s dad Wayne said: ‘It’s not her fault that she can’t fit into the right one and she shouldn’t be punished for it – the school need to contact the parents directly to discuss it.

‘The majority of the children being put in isolation are good kids that don’t deserve to be there.’

Consortium Trust, which Holderness Academy is part of, said: ‘The start of the academic year is a key period in which standards and expectations are set.

‘We work respectfully with our learners to support good habits and adherence to key policies; this is in the best interest of all members of the school community. Our schools’ uniform expectations foster equality and encourage a sense of pride and belonging in the community.

‘We are working through a small number of concerns that have been raised by parents and will continue to work with them to overcome any barriers. We work respectfully with our students, demonstrating our school values at all times.’

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