My daughter was treated like a dog by school for her shoes โ€“ she wont go back

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    A mum whose daughter was was sent home on her first day at high school for wearing ยฃ100 shoes claims she's been "treated like a dog" by staff.

    Melissa Pope has vowed to not send her 11-year-old back to Grace College in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear after a row about her Vivienne Westwood footwear on Tuesday.

    The fallout escalated for the mum when she heard how as a punishment for improper uniform, her daughter Layla Thomson claimed to have been ordered to sit on a hard wooden floor four hours without drink or the loo.

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    Melissa, 37, told ChronicleLive: "She was very upset yesterday. It was a horrible experience for her, it was just awful.

    "They made her sit on a hard wooden floor for hours. She wasn't allowed to go to the toilet and she wasn't allowed a drink.

    "There were 41 other people and basically she wasn't allowed to leave. They made her write down rules saying why it was her fault she was in isolation – because she hadn't followed the rules.

    "She was only allowed a pudding or a drink, she couldn't have both โ€“ even though I gave her the money for her school lunch. She got her lunch and pudding and realised she wasn't allowed to have a drink.

    "She was treated like a dog and that's not acceptable."

    Melissa, who works as a phlebotomist, said Layla was told she couldn't wear her Vivienne Westwood slip on shoes for health and safety reasons as the shoe didn't cover the top of the foot.

    Her daughter spent most of Tuesday in isolation before being picked up by her grandmother and now does not want to return to the school.

    Melissa has decided that her daughter won't be returning to Grace College as she was treated so badly during her first day at the school.

    She added: "It got to the point where it wasn't even about the shoes. I have not sent her to school today, I'm going to try and get her transferred to a different school."

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    Grace College has asked pupils to wear school shoes which are plain black and devoid of fashion logos to ensure consistency across the college, ensure safety and protect students from pressure to follow trends.

    A spokesperson for the school said: "We reiterate the importance of applying our rules consistently on issues like uniform, not least for the vast majority of families who have sent children to school properly attired this week, and to ensure that all students feel welcome, safe and free from any pressures.

    "The college does not comment on individual cases publicly. We deal with these in line with our complaints policy where issues can be dealt with fairly and with appropriate privacy."

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