A schoolgirl claims she was placed in isolation after her ankles were on show and it could be "distracting to other pupils and teachers".

Olivia Harrison said she was told to change her trousers and socks from the lost property collection by a staff member on Monday.

The 13-year-old told LeedsLive: "[The staff member] said I had to change my trousers and socks because you could see my ankles and she said it was distracting for other pupils and teachers.

"I said, 'are you saying they're going to get turned on?' And [the staff member] said, 'well I wouldn't put it like that.'

"She said my trousers showed my figure too much as well."

The Year 9 pupil, who attends John Smeaton Academy in Leeds, objected to wearing lost property trousers and was sent to isolation.

When she refused to comply with this punishment the school excluded her for two days and sent her home.

She was told she would need to complete three further days in isolation after she returns on Thursday.

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Mum Karen Harrison said several students have fallen foul of uniform rules since the school was taken over by The Gorse Academies Trust.

She said: "Olivia's trousers are from Debenhams, they're the ones she wore before with no problems.

"Now I've got to order more trousers.

"They should be more interested in education and not what pupils are wearing."

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Karen claims she tried to contact the school several times but has not had a response.

A spokesperson for The Grove Academies Trust told the paper: "We have the highest standards across all areas of school life, whether that is in the classroom, in terms of behaviour and with regard to uniform.

"We make no apologies for this and are pleased that the majority of students abide by these standards.

"However where students do not meet them, we have clear policies in place.

"We do not comment on individual cases but can say we have not received a parental complaint on this matter."

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