School needs to 'sort its priorities out' say parents over uniform rule

People were left furious after a school made a girl leave her class because of her “barely noticeable” earrings.

The Prescot School student India Lloyd, from Huyton, has worn the tiny earrings containing a sliver of diamond from her great-grandma’s engagement ring since she was two-years-old.

India’s mum, 43-year-old healthcare worker Geraldine Lloyd, said her daughter had been allowed to wear them all throughout primary school and did not expect there to be a problem when she started in Year 7 at high school this month.

READ MORE: Girl, 11, pulled out of class and made to face the wall over ‘tiny’ earrings

Geraldine said India, who has struggled to deal with the sudden loss of her dad and is undergoing counselling, described the earrings as helping her keep calm and “feel safe” when things became too overwhelming.

But the school, which up until this term allowed small studs to be worn by its pupils, has changed its policy to ban all jewellery.

Geraldine had been in discussions with senior teachers at the school for the previous two weeks, and was happy to cover them with plaster or tape, but today a decision was made that the earrings would not be permitted.

India told the ECHO: “I came in from break and the teacher was waiting outside the place where we go into art lessons and told me to wait outside.

© Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo India Lloyd, 11, who was sent home from her school for wearing tiny earrings.

“They took me to the removal room and told me to sit down, and they read me the removal room rules.

“I got told I had to face forward and I couldn’t turn around.

“I was quite sad and upset because my earrings make me feel safe, but I didn’t want to miss any school because I like it.”

Geraldine told the ECHO India sent her a text explaining what had happened.

She said: “She told me she had to face the front and couldn’t look around, and she not been given any work to do or any lessons.

“I was so angry because they pulled her out of art and she loves art.”

A spokesperson for The Prescot School said: “At the start of any school year, but particularly after the challenges of Covid, it is important that we set out school expectations to ensure that our community is a happy place where every child is able to thrive.

“That is why we have made a significant effort to evolve our standards and expectations, all of which were communicated in advance of the summer break.

“We are delighted that students have come back so focused, and the atmosphere in the school has been really calm. That is, in part, down to us having much clearer boundaries about what is and isn’t allowed. Not only do we want to ensure that the rules are applied fairly and consistently, but we would also hate for such an important item to be lost.

“We will continue to support the student in any way that we can.”

Some ECHO readers were left furious at the ‘unprofessional’ behaviour of the school.

Juliet Proffitt said: “What the hell has taking out earrings got to do with preparing them for adulthood.

“The school’s job is to teach, make sure the child is taught well, and to pass exams. Schools need to get their priorities right. They are being detrimental to the children’s education putting them in isolation, or sending them home. All they’re teaching these kids is to not be an individual.”

Marilyn Wright said: “I see nothing wrong with those earrings. They are so tiny you hardly notice them. If this girl gets comfort from wearing these earrings then leave her alone and concentrate on the important things like educating the children in your care.”

Julie Adams said: “Are they having a laugh? Get a grip school sending a young girl to face a wall, omg she’s not in a bleeding training camp. How unthoughtful of them. Have they lost someone so dear.

“It’s a bleeding disgrace. Unprofessional in every sense of the word. Get a grip and maybe next time youse have a full blown committee meeting learn some respect.”

© Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo India Lloyd, 11, from Huyton, who was sent home from her school for wearing tiny earrings

Glassy said: “I think it’s a disgusting way to treat anyone, people should be allowed to wear what they want.”

Other readers leapt to the school’s defence.

Marie Mcconville said: “My daughter had earrings with diamonds in and she got told not to wear them she came home took them out that was the end of that.”

Christina Glover said: “It’s a dress code . Hair, jewellery, clothes. We had to do it. Grow up.”

granddad2015 said: “If the school has a policy, then well done for enforcing it…. It has to apply across the board, not for one individual.

“If her earrings got caught on something, you’d be chasing the school for compo, so behave and stop complaining.”

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