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Girl, 12, put in isolation because her ‘hips are too wide for a pleated skirt’

Shylah Johnson has struggled settling into the new school year at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, Leicester, after she, mum Daisy and Dad Dharmesh, struggled to find a skirt to fit her.

Shylah’s dad, Dharmesh Patel, with some of the skirts that don’t fit

A furious mum has said her 12-year-old daughter has been put in isolation at school after a growth spurt over the summer meant her hips are too wide for her school skirt.

Shylah Johnson has struggled settling into the new school year at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, Leicester, after she, mum Daisy and Dad Dharmesh, struggled to find a skirt to fit her.

The uniform policy at the school requires girls to wear a black pleated skirt with her uniform, but despite spending the summer searching shops such as Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Matalan, and Primark, the family have not been able to find a suitable one.

After exhausting their options, Daisy and Dharmesh say they had no option but to send Shylah to school in a plain black skirt.



After exhausting their options, Daisy and Dharmesh say they had no option but to send Shylah to school in a plain black skirt




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Daisy said: “We have spent hundreds of pounds ordering skirts that didn’t fit and returning them, we’ve tried everywhere. But because she has wide hips and a small waist the skirts don’t fit properly.

“So we had to get her a regular skirt that does fit, but she was immediately sent to isolation because of it not being pleated.

“She has missed two tests already this week because she can’t be in full-time education, all because her skirt doesn’t have pleats in it.

“She’s being discriminated against, really, because she doesn’t have a body shape for their uniform policy. The school even gave us one of their skirts for her to wear and it doesn’t fit at all around her waist.”

Daisy has spoken with the school to try and resolve things, and despite having discussions with school representatives, she has been unable to reach a compromise.

“They told us to just turn it down and wear it like that for now, but there’s a lot of gap off her waist and it doesn’t fit,” she added.

“It’s not like she doesn’t want to wear the school skirt. She is in Year 8 and wore one throughout her first year. But she’s had a growth spurt over the summer and her old one doesn’t fit.





“She has issues with her anxiety at the best of times and this really isn’t helping.

“The school has told us if they let her wear a plain black skirt, others will use it as an excuse to wear one. But it’s not the case for her, they should be punished for breaking the uniform policy willingly, Shylah would only be breaking it because she has no other option.”

Headteacher for Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, Will Teece, said that the school has offered a number of different options to try and help get Shylah back into classes – including offering to adjust a skirt so it fits Shylah’s measurements.

He said: “The school has had the same uniform policy for many years, we’ve provided the family with a skirt, offered to take them to the shops, and offered to have it tailored – bit it simply seems like she doesn’t want to wear the skirt.

“We’ve got 1,500 other students who have not had any issues with their uniform and have settled well into the start of the new academic year.

“We’ll do all we can to offer support to students to get them the right uniform, and everyone else on campus is in the right uniform.

“We’d like nothing more than to get the student back into full-time education, and we feel we have offered more than enough options for the parent and student to do this.”

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