Havering’s academies have an aversion to trainers and coloured shoe laces, which is pathologically irrational. School shoe and shoe lace policies are enforced as though they’re crucial to learning and achievement.
Abbs Cross Academy
“A plain design, no trimmings, no logos, no decorative buckles, no coloured laces or stitching, no labels, no tags, or other decorations.”1
“No Vans, trainers or pumps, plain black Kickers with no colour stitching or laces are allowed.”
“[A breach that] cannot be rectified immediately, internal isolation may be imposed for the remainder of that school day or break and lunchtime, or until the student has a break in which they can safely return home to rectify the breach.” (my emphasis)2
“Shoes for both boys and girls should be plain black and leather style material.”3 (my emphasis)
Redden Court Academy
“Plain black leather shoes with no decoration. Black laces only. No trainers, plimsolls or canvas type shoes.”4
St Edwards Church of England Academy
“Plain black office type shoes (NO boots, plimsolls or trainers).”5 (my emphasis)
There are 18 academies in Havering and all five academies analysed have specific policies about shoes and shoe laces.6 That professional educators have policies about shoes and shoe laces is barking mad. Needless to relate there’s no connexion between shoes, shoe laces and educational achievement. And you don’t need a degree to know that.
2 Uniform – The Brittons Academy This is a typical statement about infringements of school uniform policy.