Holmbush Primary School rapped for no shoes policy

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ANGRY parents have hit out at a school’s no shoes policy. Holmbush Primary School in Shoreham implemented a shoeless classroom after the school’s learning council, made up of year six pupils, carried out research on the best learning environments.

But last week the fire alarm sounded at the school, forcing children out on to the wet play- ground without their shoes.

The grandmother of a five-year-old at the school said: “It’s absolutely ridiculous. “My five-year-old grandson went outside for a fire evacuation and because there was a bit of confusion they were ushered out of the door without their shoes.

“So he was stood there on a soaking wet playground in just his socks.

“When they came back into the school they had to take their socks off, so when we went to collect the kids nearly all of them came out wearing shoes and no socks.

“It’s just disgusting. There are so many health hazards about with kids walking about in socks on the wooden floors, chair legs slamming on their feet – but the reassurance we’ve been given is that posters are no longer stuck on walls with drawing pins.

“Even in hospitals you’re not allowed to walk about barefoot because of health and safety implications.”

Headteacher Rebecca Jackson denied the initiative was to protect the school’s carpets and that all health and safety issues had been addressed.

She said: “The children’s safety is of the utmost importance, which is why we evacuated the building.

“Shoeless classrooms were brought in to improve the learning environment and have nothing to do with the carpet tiles – we haven’t had any new carpets fitted since 2007.

“On Friday as lunch was being prepared the fire alarm began to sound.

“The whole school fol- lowed evacuation procedures and left the building quickly and safely.

“During the afternoon children with wet socks or tights were given spare dry ones and theirs were dried.”

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2:46pm Mon 5 May 14

fredaj says...

I doubt any child has ever died of having wet feet. What a load of silly fuss!
I doubt any child has ever died of having wet feet. What a load of silly fuss! fredaj
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3:22pm Mon 5 May 14

Pebbles says...

Does this apply to the teachers as well?
Does this apply to the teachers as well? Pebbles
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5:15pm Mon 5 May 14

RK_Brighton says...

What's wrong with having a change of shoes for inside, like I did when at primary school. Most people had the cheap black 'pumps' which cost no more than a couple of pounds back then. Looks like you can still get them for as little as £2.50 a pair if you shop around online,
What's wrong with having a change of shoes for inside, like I did when at primary school. Most people had the cheap black 'pumps' which cost no more than a couple of pounds back then. Looks like you can still get them for as little as £2.50 a pair if you shop around online, RK_Brighton
  • Score: 21

6:35pm Mon 5 May 14

mark7675 says...

I don't understand the problem.Most kids will have to take off their shoes at home anyway. At school we had to take our shoes off, but we did have plimsolls to wear.
I don't understand the problem.Most kids will have to take off their shoes at home anyway. At school we had to take our shoes off, but we did have plimsolls to wear. mark7675
  • Score: 13

9:27pm Mon 5 May 14

derekhunt says...

Being shoeless improves the learning environment then. Perhaps that's where the Discovery New School in Crawley went wrong.
Being shoeless improves the learning environment then. Perhaps that's where the Discovery New School in Crawley went wrong. derekhunt
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Tue 6 May 14

Noodlecake says...

How is this even news?? Our son attends this school and we consider the teaching, environment and our child's happiness to be the most important issues. Why would anyone complain? If all they have to complain about is dirty socks, then that's a pretty good sign.
Ms Jackson is an excellent head teacher and makes decisions based on nurturing an enjoyable and fulfilling learning experience for her pupils.

As for the Islamic comments, take your racist views elsewhere!!
How is this even news?? Our son attends this school and we consider the teaching, environment and our child's happiness to be the most important issues. Why would anyone complain? If all they have to complain about is dirty socks, then that's a pretty good sign. Ms Jackson is an excellent head teacher and makes decisions based on nurturing an enjoyable and fulfilling learning experience for her pupils. As for the Islamic comments, take your racist views elsewhere!! Noodlecake
  • Score: 2

2:24pm Tue 6 May 14

Fight_Back says...

And yet the new Head of Shoreham Beach School banned Crocs because they didn't protect children's feet well enough. These Heads make up barmy rules and ideas as they go along. One shudders that they have influence over our children's education.
And yet the new Head of Shoreham Beach School banned Crocs because they didn't protect children's feet well enough. These Heads make up barmy rules and ideas as they go along. One shudders that they have influence over our children's education. Fight_Back
  • Score: 2

6:54pm Tue 6 May 14

gary28 says...

Suggest that people stick to the subject rather than moan about other people don't knock them until you try doing the job first
Suggest that people stick to the subject rather than moan about other people don't knock them until you try doing the job first gary28
  • Score: 5

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