A mum-of-three is furious after being told her son’s new £30 school shoes breach ‘health and safety’ regulations.
Denise Gwiliym said she received a call from her 12-year-old son’s school to say that his footwear was inappropriate.
The teacher from Wade Deacon High School told Denise that he would need new shoes as they were against health and safety regulations.
The part-time Tesco worker told ECHO: “I was mortified when I got the call about Oliver’s shoes.
“I struggle a bit with money being on my own so i physically don’t have it to replace the £30 shoes I’ve already bought him.
“I don’t agree with them wearing trainees or anything like that but I thought these sturdy black boots would be perfect for him having to walk to school in the winter.“
Denise, who has two other sons aged 18 and six, claims that a teacher told her on the phone that he would need to be bought proper footwear as a matter of urgency.
She said: “I explained that I don’t get paid until the end of the month and it would have to wait.
“I also tried to tell her that he has to walk to school, sometimes in the rain, and that his feet wouldn’t be dry in normal shoes.
“She suggested that he carry his shoes in his bag and wear his boots for walking to and from school. I can hardly afford the one pair never mind two.
“I don’t think the shoes are disrespectful but I don’t want Oliver to feel singled out or take it personally.“
A spokesperson for the high school said they had now spoken with Ms. Gwiliym and that they had come to a resolution.
She said: “The Vice Principal rang me back today, I explained my circumstances to him and he agreed that I could buy Oliver new shoes when I got paid.
“I still don’t think I should have to as I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them but I don’t want any more trouble for him.
“I try my best for my boys and I’ve been left really disheartened by this.“
A spokesperson for Wade Deacon High School said: “The issue is now resolved.
“There has been a bit of miscommunication – there is no health and safety issue at play here although this was initially mentioned.
“The issue is that the footwear doesn’t conform to school uniform rules.
“My understanding is that the footwear will be replaced but a reasonable timescale has been agreed, and also the school is liaising with the retailer to seek support.
“We value positive relationships with our parents and where the school is aware of a problem it works pro actively to resolve it.