PARENTS are outraged after claiming their kids were kicked out of class for wearing trousers that were too skinny by ONE CENTIMETRE.

Families have blasted the “crazy” rules after pupils were allegedly dumped in isolation at Ernulf Academy in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.


Angry mums and dads claim they were only given one week of warning that trousers were the wrong style and all the new, correct uniform had sold out.

They told The Sun "more than 20 families" rushed to the school to collect their daughters, who had been taken out of lessons over the uniform row.

The school apparently only sent out a letter announcing the change last week, after the rule was brought in by new headmaster Mark Neesam who took up his role in September.

The letter is said to have informed parents that girls in year 10 were no longer allowed to wear "skinny" school trousers but instead had to wear "slim-fit" trousers.

According to one parent, the difference between these two is just 1cm around the ankle.

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Year 10 girls who fell foul of the regulation were given a C3 detention, the most severe punishment the school hands before exclusion, which involved them being taken out of lessons into an isolated room and given work to do.

According to one of the girls, they receive no teaching while "in C3" and can be taken out of lessons all day.

The same girl has apparently been wearing the same make of school trousers from Next for three years, but has only now been told she needs to change.

One of the teachers at the academy, is alleged to have told the girls that they "are going to stay in C3 until you change your trousers."

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However, parents say this is impossible as all the slim-fit trousers are out of stock and the school refused to provide them until recently.

Ernulf have since given out the new trousers, but parents reported that if their daughters did not to fit into the sizes provided, they were returned to detention each day.

One couple bought their 14-year-old daughter two pairs of trousers for £40 before term started, only to find that money was wasted.

Her dad said that they could just about afford this but some people "might be suffering for money" amid the cost of living crisis.

He added: "When we get the new trousers, we'll change. We are just waiting for stock."

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He said the C3 detentions were a form of bullying, that they isolated the girls and caused them "mental damage" and that his daughter was a "quiet, nice girl" who didn't do anything to deserve it.

"They have already lost lessons due to Covid and now they are losing more", he said.

The same family told The Sun that when they collected their daughters, some of the teachers reportedly agreed that the new policy was "crazy" due to the lack of stock and allegedly admitted it was coming from the head teacher and so their hands were tied.

A spokesperson for Ernulf Academy said: "We know the cost of uniform can be a burden on families, that’s why we have offered financial support to any family that needs it, given more time to get the correct uniform and why we have a stock of spare, new trousers available. 

"Our school trousers are unbranded and can be purchased from high street stores for £12-£14.

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They insisted that the uniform policy has not changed and that most students wear correct uniform "with pride".

The spokesperson added: "We make no apology for raising our standards and expectations, so we can provide a positive and respectful environment with a clear sense of purpose and consistency for all our students."

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