Schoolboy ‘pulled out of class’ for wearing trainers when shoe split

Tyler Jagger with his broken shoes (Image: BPM MEDIA)

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A schoolboy was pulled out of lessons after putting on his trainers when his shoes split at school, leaving his mum fuming.

Tyler Jagger returned home from classes on Friday with a huge hole in his shoes.

With footwear shops shut amid Covid restrictions, mum Stacey instead visited several supermarkets in a desperate attempt to get a suitable pair.

And having no luck – she ordered new school shoes online, Birmingham Live reports.

But with delayed delivery, Tyler, aged 13, was sent to Grace Academy, in Solihull on Monday wearing a pair of black, unbranded BooHoo trainers.

Stacey claims school staff authorised this when she called them on Monday morning.

He had second-hand pair provided by the school as he waits for a pair ordered online
(Image: BPM MEDIA)

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But the following day, she said Tyler was pulled out of his lesson and handed an alternative pair of shoes.

The school claimed they 'understood the challenges faced by some families', and said they kept a supply of school uniform for when
'need arises'.

But Stacey, a mum-of-four, said it was 'ridiculous' the school had not relaxed their rules on uniform in the midst of the pandemic.

And she said her son would be kept at home until his new school shoes are delivered.

Stacey, 37, said: "My son came home from school on Friday with a hole in his shoe. I went out to try and get him a new pair but obviously shoe shops are shut due to restrictions.

"I tried Asda in Minworth – the shoe aisle was blocked off. Chelmsley Wood Asda had none in stock in his size. So I went online to order a pair which would be delivered this week.

He is a student at Grace Academy
(Image: BPM MEDIA)

"I called the school on Monday to explain this and was told it was OK. I know the school's policy on uniform so I sent him in a pair of dark, unbranded trainers.

"But on Tuesday, my son was called out of class and handed someone else's shoes. He was made to wear them instead.

"This would have been acceptable had I not bothered to try and get him any but with Government restrictions this is impossible."

She added: "I won't be sending him in to school until he can wear his new shoes. It seems schools don't care about the government restrictions. The school have said I should send him in and he will be given their shoes, but it's not on.

"He's just had months off school and is now, again, back to remote learning all because of a few days having to wear trainers.

"He's a 13-year-old lad and his friends were taking the mick. I don't understand why the school can't be a bit more lenient in the midst of the pandemic.

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"It would have been a few days wearing a pair of unbranded trainers, that's all."

Darren Gelder, Principal of Grace Academy Solihull, said: "As an academy we recognise and understand the challenges that some of our families are under, we offer support in a variety of ways including lending and purchasing of uniform, when a need arises.

"Students welfare and well-being are paramount in all our decision making especially during COVID.

"The academy follows government guidance on the quarantining of all items that students use."

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