Parents have hit out at a school for taking 120 pupils out of class for wearing the 'wrong' shoes on the first day of term.
Many criticised Ashby School in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, on social media saying their actions were "totally inappropriate and completely unnecessary".
One mum said she understood policy but it was 'wrong to punish the kids in this way' on their first day back.
Several parents were angry after claiming their children were out of lessons for the whole day 'without any work to do'.
Headteacher Geoff Staniforth said guidelines on appropriate footwear were circulated to parents who the school said were made aware of the consequences of not conforming to the new uniform policy.
The school confirmed about 120 students were spoken to about uniform throughout the day.
A spokeswoman said that many of these issues were very quickly resolved, enabling students to return to normal lessons.
The initial post sent in to the Spotted Ashby De-La Zouch says: "Ashby School have got it hugely wrong today! 127 children in ‘Isolation’ (at times unsupervised) for the wrong shoes!
"Totally inappropriate and completely unnecessary when a letter home would have sufficed.
"Still have no idea what’s wrong with my child’s shoes because no-one from school will tell me.
"What’s more important, a child’s education or their shoes? What happens to the families that can’t afford to keep spending on school uniform?"
One mum told Mirror Online her "son was one of the 127 kids put into isolation for the first day back."
She said he was wearing suede lace up smart shoes.
"He looked so smart and had made the decision not to follow his mates who had continued to wear black trainers," she said.
The mum continued: "I’m so disappointed in school as it would have been nice for them to have had a good first day back to school and then to be told they had till Monday then to find the right shoes.
"I understand policies and think the kids at Ashby School look so smart and love it but think it was handled wrongly punishing them in this way."
The initial Facebook post gathered 645 comments and has had 78 shares, with some mums saying their children were 'one of the 127'.
One mum commented: "My son was one of these children…. A whole day's lessons missed.
"We had confirmed to the new uniform policy but I had invested in a lack very smart cross between a boot and a shoe…black leather very smart can be polished.
"It was passed by 2 teachers then the 3rd teacher decided it wasn't suitable as it was more of a boot than a shoe and plopped him straight into isolation no work was given to them and he spent the whole day texting me.
"A letter home or the text to say they had till Monday would have been enough.
"They didn't need to exclude them from lessons without any work at all to do."
She later added: "I purchased what I thought to be a rather sensible robust smart piece of footwear.
"I held my hands up and replaced them the next day with brogues that's my mistake.
"The argument isn't about having the wrong shoes it was being isolated from lessons for a whole day without prior warning.
"My son is 15 has never had so much as a behaviour point through his school life, he's never had a day off sick his school reports are glowing and he works hard for all the grades he achieves so maybe now you might understand why I and my son may have been a little annoyed he sat in a room unsupervised without any work to be doing in a crucial year to his education."
Another mum said: "I agree same happened to my son I'm so mad."
"I agree too – same happened here and I tried all morning to speak to someone at school with just answer phones on," another added.
One mum said: "…we was told all year 11s wear the same uniform as last year and that’s exactly what he wore yet he didn’t do 1 lesson today due to being isolated all day along with 126 other children what an absolute joke!!!!!"
She added: "My son missed out on a full day of lessons in a very important year at school over his all black leather footwear!!"
Not everyone was outraged though – some stuck up for the school's policy.
One said: "School uniform should be worn and I’m sure they have stated at some point what is acceptable.
"It’s down the the parents plus you can get pretty much anything delivered next day now so no excuse about no time or money. Theres always something out there for everyone one."
Another wrote: "Rules are rules. I’m sure that if the parents don’t like it they would be welcome to send their children to another school.
"People moaning about paying for uniform – surely you expect to dress your children so what’s the problem there?
"I’m also unsure why it’s so hard for parents to buy plain black leather shoes? There’s no need for any communication other than a uniform list, it’s a very simple description."
The school website clearly outlines rules for the uniform, including what shoes should be worn and accompanying pictures of examples.
It says: "Shoes – These should be leather or leather look and must be a traditional shoe that can be polished.
"Canvas shoes, trainers or trainer-style shoes and boots are not acceptable.
"Dr Martens shoes may be worn but not ankle or high boot types."
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