MP supports parent after student sent home for wearing shorts

By Haleema Saheed

Community Reporter

MP supports parent after student sent home for wearing shorts

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AN MP has called out a secondary school who sent a student home for coming to school in shorts.

Heckmondwike Grammar School and Sixth Form sent a student home yesterday for wearing formal grey shorts when temperatures in the Heckmondwike saw a high of 35 degrees.

Kim Leadbeater, MP for Batley and Spen, said: “In these sweltering conditions, it is just common sense for schools to show flexibility in their uniform policies.

“The health and well-being of the pupils must come first, and I don’t believe there should be any objection to allowing them to wear smart shorts.

“Many employers are sensibly relaxing the rules for what people can wear to work, including in Parliament, and I hope headteachers will take the same approach.”   

The school has introduced a more relaxed uniform policy, where students have been allowed to remove blazers and ties only.

When contacted by the Telegraph & Argus about the student being sent home, the school said it did not wish to comment.

However in an earlier statement to the BBC, a spokesperson for Heckmondwike Grammar School said they had relaxed their policy on uniforms.

They told the BBC that only classrooms with air conditioning were being used during the heatwave and students were being provided with ice pops.

The spokesperson said they had "enjoyed a great day".

Other schools in the area have allowed students to come to school in their PE kits to ensure students are comfortable whilst at school.

The Department for Education said school leaders should "make sure they take any steps necessary to make sure children are safe and comfortable"