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Parents defy school’s health and safety ban on girls wearing socks with frills

Jun 14, 2013 by

She has labeled the decision ‘health and safety gone mad’

A school is under fire for banning girls’ long frilly socks because they are a trip hazard.

A playground craze has seen pupils wearing elaborate ‘princess’ socks decorated with frills, bows and ribbons.

But when a pupil fell over at Kingsholm Primary School in Gloucester, the school wrote to parents banning frills larger than 3cm.

A playground craze has seen pupils wearing increasingly elaborate 'princess' socks decorated with frills, bows and ribbons. But they have been banned at Kingsholm Primary School, in Gloucester

A playground craze has seen pupils wearing increasingly elaborate ‘princess’ socks decorated with frills, bows and ribbons. But they have been banned at Kingsholm Primary School, in Gloucester

Mother Tracy Rudge, who makes the socks by hand, has flouted the ban.

She has accused the school of being ‘health and safety mad’.

She said: ‘It’s absolutely ridiculous. Health and safety gone mad, that’s what it is.

‘My daughter could fall and break her arm doing PE, but she’s not allowed to wear frilly socks?

‘It’s a joke – shoelaces are a million times more dangerous than the socks.

 

 

 

‘Now my daughter is terrified of getting in trouble for wearing the wrong socks.

‘Schools are there to educate, and as long as children are in a clean and pressed uniform, they should not be telling children what they can and cannot wear.’

Mrs Rudge, of Gloucester, started making the socks for her six-year-old daughter Lily-Jo when she was at pre-school by stitching frills onto standard socks.

But they proved so popular she has since made hundreds of pairs for her classmates, which she sells for £2.50-a-pair.

Headmistress Jan Buckland turned against the flowery footwear after a pupil fell over - and sent a letter home to the parents of the 438 pupils, citing health and safety fears. She imposed a blanket ban on frills larger than 3cm

Headmistress Jan Buckland turned against the flowery footwear after a pupil fell over – and sent a letter home to the parents of the 438 pupils, citing health and safety fears. She imposed a blanket ban on frills larger than 3cm

‘My daughter and her friends love wearing them – they feel like proper Disney princesses.

‘I can’t see what the harm is really, it’s just a fun way. Lily-Jo has been wearing them for years and absolutely loves her special socks.’

But following a recent playground incident the headteacher wrote to the parents of all 433 pupils informing them of the ban.

However, mother-of-three Ms Rudge says the fall was not caused by the socks – and many parents are defying the ban.

‘One girl tripped over last week and the head teacher has now banned them – but it was nothing to do with the socks,’ she said.

‘All of the parents whose children have them have defied this silly ban and sent their kids into school wearing them.

Tracy Rudge’s daughter Tammy Rudge with the home-made frilly socks which have been banned by the school

‘But the headmistress ordered them all to take off their socks and she made them wear plain socks that she had bought from Primark.’

Any child found to be in breach of the ban will be forced to change into a plain pair, and parents will be given a ‘reminder’ letter.

Head Mrs Buckland said: ‘I have enforced a ban because there was an incident where one of the children, who was wearing a long, lacy frill, fell.

‘We had to fill in a health and safety risk assessment.

‘The governing body and I decided that a ban was appropriate because the frill had been trailing on the floor.

‘The parents made a point of allowing their children to come in wearing them again.

‘I asked the children to remove them and we provided them fresh, new pairs of socks. If parents are defiant, the kids will have to change out of them if they arrive in the building wearing them.’

The school refused to answer questions about what would happen to the children if they continued to flout the ban.

via Less than frilled: Parents defy school’s health and safety ban on girls wearing socks with frills longer than 3cm | Mail Online.

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