Mother refuses to send her children to school in heatwave

A mother has refused to send her children to school because of the strict uniform policy which requires them to wear their blazers – despite the 91.5f heatwave.

Sabrina Fitzsimons, from Bournemouth, refused to send son Jack, 14, and daughter Caitlin, 15, to Winton and Glenmoor schools because of the blazer policy.

‘In this heat, children are expected to wear their blazers and I feel this poses a significant risk to their health,’ she said.

Sabrina Fitzsimons, from Bournemouth, refused to send son Jack, 14, and daughter Caitlin, 15,  (all pictured) to Winton and Glenmoor schools because of the blazer policy

Sabrina Fitzsimons, from Bournemouth, refused to send son Jack, 14, and daughter Caitlin, 15,  (all pictured) to Winton and Glenmoor schools because of the blazer policy

Sabrina Fitzsimons, from Bournemouth, refused to send son Jack, 14, and daughter Caitlin, 15,  (all pictured) to Winton and Glenmoor schools because of the blazer policy

She decided to keep them at home after Caitlin complained of headaches and nausea due to the heat last week.

She phoned reception yesterday morning for the policy on blazers and said she was told pupils are expected to wear their jackets at the school.

She said: ‘Teachers decide if students can take off their blazers in class – but the teachers are in their light clothing dictating to the pupils that if they remove their blazers they face isolation.

‘How is this even allowed? Surely it is the school’s responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of pupils?’

Ms Fitzsimons decided to keep them at home after Caitlin complained of headaches and nausea due to the heat last week

Ms Fitzsimons decided to keep them at home after Caitlin complained of headaches and nausea due to the heat last week

Ms Fitzsimons decided to keep them at home after Caitlin complained of headaches and nausea due to the heat last week

A spokesman for the Glenmoor and Winton Academies said ‘During the hot weather, as you would expect, we are taking a sensible approach toward uniform policy and are not insisting that students wear blazers around the school.

‘Students are of course allowed to remove their blazers during lessons and at break and lunchtimes.’

Meanwhile, the mother of siblings who refused to wear their blazers to school as the heatwave hit 91.5 was left furious after they were sent home for ‘breaking uniform rules’.  

Kelly Adenrele, from Bournemouth, sent children Lucien, 15, Newton, 15, Eylarna, 13 and Tadyius, 12, to the Bishop of Winchester Academy without their jackets yesterday because temperatures hit 28.7C.

But they were promptly sent home by teachers who ordered them not to come back unless they were wear the ‘correct’ uniform.  

Ms Adenrele said: ‘They were wearing their ties and shirts but I told them to leave their blazers at home because it was too hot.

‘At 8.40am I had a phone call to say the kids were on their way home, even though the teachers had no idea if I was home myself.

‘I was told it’s school policy that they have to wear their blazers on the way to and from school and in the school itself.

‘Apparently it’s up to each individual teacher to decide if they can take them off during lessons. Clearly, what they look like is more important than their education.’

There was no-one available to comment at Bishop of Winchester Academy. 

Mumsnet users have raged about the way some schools insist children must remain in blazers even during the current heatwave

Mumsnet users have raged about the way some schools insist children must remain in blazers even during the current heatwave

Mumsnet users have raged about the way some schools insist children must remain in blazers even during the current heatwave

On social media, hucky999 said ‘I went to a private school, this was normal and even had to wear a hat. Kids are too wrapped up in cotton wool these days.’

But MiniMum said ‘Absolutely ridiculous….a child’s health and safety at school should come first. If the children get heatstroke and then are sick, they will be off for a minimum of 48 hrs due to school policy, then their attendance goes down, then the school moan about that, so let them keep cool and be comfortable.

‘Long as other parts of uniform are worn, what’s the problem. So come on headteachers, get real, everybody is human and gets hot, so be sensible.’  

A frustrated Mumsnet user described her frustration at her younger sister being forced to continue to wear her school blazer in spite of the blistering heat.

User Kitbee raged that she was ‘f***** off’ that the teenager was being forced to dress in a full school blazer with her shirt done up to apparently instill a ‘work ethic’. 

She wrote on the parenting site: ‘Blazers on in this a weather. Really? Top buttons too. DSis [darling sister] school is saying it’s to enhance work ethic and get you use to the work place by following rules like these.’ 

She also recounted a similar incident last week when her sister had been told that she would be punished for trying to take her blazer off in the heat…by being forced to keep it on for the rest of the lesson.

‘The reply from the teacher was: ‘Now you’ve done that you can keep it on for the entire lesson’. My Mum and DSis got an apology from the headmaster.’

A mother shared a similar story. NotJanine wrote: ‘My DS has had to go off to school in blazer and tie today. It is ridiculous.

‘I am strongly in favour of school uniform as it avoids any angst about what to wear and basic uniform items like shirts and trousers are pretty cheap. 

‘But I also think there should be a summer uniform of polo shirt or short sleeved shirt with no tie and no blazer.’ 

Users commenting on the thread weren’t convinced by the school’s approach, saying professionals rarely would work wearing uncomfortable clothes. 

Notcontent chimed in: ‘It’s ridiculous. I work in a professional environment – a law firm – and no one sits at their desk doing work in a suit jacket!’

User RudeDog said she’d experienced a similar approach while working in education. She wrote: ‘I work in a school – I also have to wear a jacket until the head says it’s okay not to!’

A teacher agreed that the blazer rule seemed ‘ridiculous’.  Hesterton wrote: ‘Blazers are useless garments – not warm enough for winter, too hot for summer – as are ties. 

Why do they even still exist? Ridiculous, pointless emblems to signify middle class. Subtly giving messages that jobs where you wear ties are the ones to aspire to. Sod that.’


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