Boy, 12, faced going into isolation for wearing PE trainers when shoes broke

A school threatened to put a 12-year-old boy into isolation for wearing PE trainers to school, his parents claim.

Kyle Rahme refused to wear "uncomfortable" shoes issued by the school after his own pair developed a hole.

His parents told the school that shoe shops were closed due to lockdown but were told he had to wear the ones provided to him.

They pulled Kyle, who has additional needs, out of Oasis Wintringham Academy in Grimsby for the last week of term after "they just didn't listen".

His Dad, Richard Rahme, 59, told Grimsby Live: "Kyle came home with a hole in the toe of his shoe. Whilst they looked okay, they were certainly no longer wearable. The following day, I sent him to school in his PE trainers and there were no complaints.

"Over the weekend, I visited many supermarkets to try and purchase suitable shoes for him, but I couldn't find any. Ideally, I could have gone to a local shoe shop, but because of Coronavirus restrictions, I could not.

"Again, he went to school on with his PE shoes on. When Kyle came home, he told me the principal had asked him to take the shoes off and made him wear some other shoes.

"Kyle explained they were very uncomfortable and that they were hurting his feet.

"I rang the school myself to explain there were only two days left of term, surely there was no harm in him wearing the PE shoes for two more days?

"I was told he would not be allowed to wear them. All they said were rules are rules and that he would have to go into isolation if he didn't wear the shoes that had been hurting him."

The response led to Mr Rahme removing his son from the school for the rest of the week.

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He said: “I'd explained he wore them on days he had PE so it wasn't as if they were against school policy. I also told them that I would buy him a new pair of school shoes as soon as the shops opened again, but they just didn't listen."

Mr Rahme claims this isn’t the first time that the school hasn’t accommodated for his additional needs under his Educational Health Care Plan.

An Oasis Academy spokesperson said: "Oasis Academy Wintringham have long established rules regarding uniform and footwear.

"If ever our students do not have the appropriate uniform, they are offered suitable new or machine washed loan items from the academy so that they can immediately return to their class, and if this is not appropriate to a student’s individual needs, we will always work with parents to find a solution.

"The vast majority of our parents and carers are supportive of the academy’s expectations of their children. If any have concerns regarding this, they are encouraged to contact the academy directly.".

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