‘Model student’ excluded over Vivienne Westwood shoes now ‘cries every night’

A “model student” who wore a pair of black leather Vivienne Westwood shoes to school was booted out of lessons over her decision and is now “crying almost every night”.

Schoolgirl Lilly Issitt, 14, was suspended for a day and a half over the controversial £70 slip-ons.

The youngster, who goes to Ormskirk School in Burscough, Lancashire had previously been sent to isolation for her choice of footwear until it reached a point on October 5 where she refused to carry on doing so as it “wasn’t benefitting her education”.

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Lilly’s fuming mum Rachel, 39, claimed: “I specifically bought Lilly black leather shoes because I thought they were appropriate.

"Every morning the teachers make the children stand outside for 15 minutes while they inspect their uniforms, and if their uniform isn't to their liking, they get sent straight to isolation.

"They would rather sacrifice children's physical, mental and educational wellbeing over a pair of black shoes than look after the children in their care…

"Lilly is a model student. She has never been in trouble for her behaviour, so her anxiety is through the roof. She's come home crying almost every night.

"I think it's absolutely disgusting."

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The Endeavour Learning Trust, who sponsors the school, says it first introduced the dress code in May.

But raging Rachel wasn’t aware of this until the start of the new school year.

A spokesperson for Endeavour Learning Trust said: “We first wrote to families to let them know of the higher uniform expectations in May and then sent numerous reminders before the start of this term.

“We also delayed the introduction to give a further month’s grace so that families had as much time to prepare as possible.

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“Where parents said they could not afford any items of new uniform, we paid for them, with no questions asked.

“The vast majority of students are very smartly dressed now and the same proportion of parents agree with us…

"It should not a matter of debate that a school, like society, has rules."


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