Boy, 12, ‘forced to miss five weeks of school’ over his ‘unacceptable’ shoes

A 12-year-old boy has been forced to miss five weeks of school after five pairs of shoes were deemed to be 'unacceptable'.

Vaclav Carady returned to Gloucester Academy in Saintbridge on March 9 after schools reopened.

However, the Year 7 student was reportedly told his shoes weren't appropriate.

Instead he was offered a choice of two alternatives – a pair of girls' shoes in his size and a pair of boys' shoes two sizes too big for him.

Vaclav who has to wear a certain type of shoe due to a high arch in his foot, ended up opting for the oversized boys' shoes.

His mum, Denisa Caradyova, claims the shoes her son had worn to school were similar to a style that had been previously permitted.

Denisa, 34, from Tredworth, said: "We found out the night before school return that he did not have shoes that fit him so we went out to Tesco and Asda to buy him some new shoes, which were similar to what he had worn before.

"All what we could find in the supermarkets were black and leather and Velcro fastening.

"Vaclav came home from school at 4pm on the first day and I saw he was not walking well. I asked him if he was okay and he explained what had happened at school."

She continued: "I was so angry and shocked. He has a bad foot which means he has to wear a certain type of shoe.

"The school did not even call me and left him like that. The shoes were a hazard and he could have fallen down the stairs or broken his leg. It was not safe. How can they do that?"

Vaclav's parents claim the school has not accepted five different pairs of shoes that they have bought for him.

Dad Vaclav Carady Sr, 39, said they sent in pictures of the shoes they had bought for Vaclav, but each time we were told the shoes were "unacceptable".

He fumed: "When I was at the school I saw another pupil wearing the same shoes at what we had originally bought our son. How can it just be my son with the wrong shoes?"

The annoyed father decided to take his son home instead of him being placed in isolation.

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He says his son has missed too many hours of school, but is not allowed back because of the school rules.

According to LadBible, Gloucester Academy says it expects pupils to attend school even if they do not have the correct uniform, and that it offers children free clothing if they do not have what is required.

Headteacher Jonathan Heap said: "We make every effort to support our students and their families to comply with our expectations.

"We recognise this has been a challenging time and we have a large stock of school uniform that we offer free of charge, including a range of brand new shoes to those who need them.

"We would still expect students to be in school, even without the correct uniform, to allow us to provide support and assistance."

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