Dad’s fury as son ‘excluded’ from school over his shoes

a Middleton The father says he is “angry” after sending his son home for wearing shoes his school considers coaches.

Damion Norbury says his 15-year-old son Jayden has been excluded from Newhouse Academy in Heywood Thursday (December 2) after teachers said his school shoes were “unacceptable”.

Norbury says Jayden has been wearing the shoes since the start of the school year without any problem, and he was baffled by the school’s choice of sending him home on the shoe.

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“He’s had them all year and on Tuesday, the school decided they were coaches,” Damion told the men’s forces.

“There is absolutely no resemblance to sneakers, and I don’t understand where they came from.

Jayden’s student and father Damion Norbury

“I had a meeting on Tuesday and I felt disrespected by the way they talked to me.

“I said he is happy with the shoes he has and is comfortable with them.

So they decided to either exclude him for a specified period or give him an internal disqualification.

“He went to school the next day and they tried to give him an internal exclusion which he refused, so they sent him home on a set exclusion period but did not tell us how long.

Jayden’s student and father Damion Norbury

“He (Jayden) is so upset about it, he flies, he’s a brilliant pupil, gets all his work done to great standards, and now this stands in the way of him getting good marks.”

Norbury says he has been in conflict with the school where he feels disrespected for his family, but has admitted that he used some “colorful” language when speaking to the school.

Mr Norbury has described his son Jayden as a “brilliant” student, and with the GSCEs approaching, he is concerned that the exclusion of the term could hamper his chance of getting good grades.

He also told MEN that taking care of children would be difficult for his family

He said, “I am angry about this, our day has been disrupted.

“I have to take care of my disabled wife until it becomes more difficult.

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“I was going to send it to my mom, but she has enough to do it, and I don’t put it on her either.

“When I was on the phone, I’m not going to lie, I used some colorful words towards them because I was angry.”

“Shoes haven’t been a problem all year, now all of a sudden there’s a problem.

“Jaden feels like he’s been spoken to and doesn’t want to go back to school, but I can’t let that happen.


“I want them to return it immediately with a full apology.”

A Newhouse Academy spokesperson said: “The school will not comment on any particular situation with a student. However, as a school, we have clear standardized guidelines on our website; this includes images of acceptable uniforms.

“In cases where parents/caregivers need support, we can provide shoes from our stock, or in medical circumstances, a payment for shoes that adhere to the school dress code.”


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