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Sittingbourne's Westlands School pupil punished for wearing shorts to class during heatwave

A schoolboy was placed in isolation after wearing shorts into class during the heatwave.

As Britain sweltered in the recent hot weather, one Year 8 pupil from Westlands School, in Sittingbourne, turned up in shorts and was sent to a special room as punishment.

His dad Terry Utting from Sheppey said: "I don't think it's right the way the school is treating its students.

"There is a blanket ban on shorts but there is no air-conditioning in the classrooms and the pupils are roasting in 30C heat.

"At least the girls can wear skirts. I read that in another school all the boys ended up wearing skirts as that was the only way they could keep cool and follow the dress code."

He ended up taking his 13-year-old son Harrison out of the school on Monday and then again yesterday (Tuesday) when he tried to send his son back to school in shorts.

Mr Utting, who runs a chain of vape stores across Kent including on Sheppey and in Sittingbourne, added: "Harrison was put in the PSP (Pastoral Support Programme) room which is like a prison so I took him out of school."

Westlands School, Sittingbourne
Westlands School, Sittingbourne

Head teacher Christina Honess said: "We have a clear policy on uniform that all parents are made aware of before they send their child to our school and it is published on our school website.

"We review all of our policies on a regular basis and will do so with our uniform policy in due course.

"The overwhelming majority of our parents are supportive of our current policy."

But she added: "In the event of the extreme temperatures that are currently being forecast for next week, we would be willing to make reasonable adjustments."

The school in Westlands Avenue is part of the Swale Academies Trust.

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