Mum in Long Sutton Peele shoe battle sends girls back to school

Michelle Blaxill struck compromise.
Michelle Blaxill struck compromise.
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The mum in a uniform ‘battle’ with Long Sutton’s Peele Community College allowed her daughters back to school on Thursday.

Michelle Blaxill (41) says a compromise meant her elder daughter, Lauren (15), could keep her plain black trainers as she leaves in two months.

But the mum bought black leather shoes for younger daughter, Jessica (12), before she returned to class.

Mrs Blaxill doesn’t disagree with Peele’s uniform policy – which states black leather shoes must be worn – but says it hasn’t been enforced and many students have worn black trainers for at least three years.

Last Monday, her girls and were put in ‘isolation’ at school, alongside another 52 students, and Mrs Blaxill said they were deprived of their usual lessons so she asked her daughters to study at home.

Mrs Blaxill was also upset that her requests to meet the acting head, Elizabeth Smith, went unanswered, but she will meet Miss Smith on Wednesday.

The mum said: “I don’t actually disagree with the uniform policy, but my issue was always ‘if you are going to do this, do this in the July term when the majority of parents go out and kit their children with new uniform’. The first letter we got was in the week or two before Christmas when people just haven’t got the money.”

• Miss Smith told us last week she was willing to speak to Mrs Blaxill, but no messages had come directly to her.

She said: “I will investigate that. There have been no messages on my personal voicemail.”

Previously ...

Mum keeps daughters off school in footwear row at Long Sutton’s Peele