School sends children home for wearing wrong shade of grey trousers after 'lining them up' for inspection

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Pupils were lined up at the gates of a secondary school while their trousers were checked, before some were sent home for failing the inspection.

The school has defended the move, which has been likened to “life in North Korea”, which it said was because it valued uniform “consistency”.

Parents were told that only trousers of a particular charcoal grey from Sunderland firm Total Sport were allowed to be worn or they would be sent home.

Outraged parents demanded to know why they must pay £15.99 for the firm’s trousers, when they could buy different ones elsewhere for half the price.

Donna Morris said she received a text from the Kepier School in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, that read her son, 14, was banned from entering as he was wearing the wrong pair.

She told the Sunderland Echo: “I spoke to his teacher, who said he had to give Aaron a letter to send him home. They said it would not affect his attendance but Aaron would not be allowed back into the school until it was resolved.

“I went down to the school and spoke to one of the teachers who actually loaned him a pair of trousers from Total Sport so he could go into class. I just think it’s disgraceful.”

Another told the newspaper: “Pupils lined up while headteacher compares trousers to a colour swatch. Sounds like life in North Korea.”

The school’s headteacher Nicky Cooper defended the move, saying: “We are very, very particular about the uniform because we need consistency right across the board.

“In doing so some learners were sent home. If you have different types of trousers it leads on to different types of shoes, different types of shirts, etc.”

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