Row over uniform policy

Scalby School student Jennifer Byrne has run into problems with the school over her ear piercing jewellery.'110307    In media grid/atex news       18/01/11
Scalby School student Jennifer Byrne has run into problems with the school over her ear piercing jewellery.'110307 In media grid/atex news 18/01/11
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A SCARBOROUGH school has defended its disciplinary procedure after a row with a pupil over its uniform policy.

Jennifer Byrne, of Burniston, said she feels like she has been “singled out” after being punished for wearing an earring at the top of her ear.

Miss Byrne, 15, said she has been forced to go through the school’s Consequences behaviour structure, which means being isolated from other pupils, who she said have been allowed to continue wearing similar jewellery.

She said: “The earring was a Christmas present but it feels like I’m being singled out in front of everyone because of it. I feel like I’m being picked on and that nobody else has to take them out.”

However, headteacher David Read said: “Scalby School has high expectations regarding the appearance of its students and has a uniform policy to uphold that expectation.

“Students are fully aware of the requirements of the policy and receive regular reminders of what it constitutes.

“Should a student fail to comply, despite these reminders, the schools’ Consequences Policy comes into effect.

“As a result, we are proud that our student body looks very smart.”