Schoolchildren face expulsion if they forget stationery

Schoolchildren are threatened with exclusion if they forget a ruler, pen or pencil

The policy hasn’t gone down well with parents, who have called the rules “over the top” (Image: Kennedy News/Google)

A school has begun threatening children with expulsion if they forget to bring basic stationery such as a pen, pencil or ruler to class.

Millfield High School in Thornton, Lancashire has come under fire from parents after they sent a text outlining a “three strike” rule for basic stationery that would result in a “temporary expulsion”.

The text states that if a student forgets basic supplies – including two pens, a pencil and a ruler – they could face detention and even be temporarily expelled from class.

According to Millfield High, the rule helps prepare students for life’s responsibilities, but the “joke” of a policy hasn’t gone down well with parents, who say it’s “over the top”.

Darren Worthington says his daughter deserved her first ‘strike’ because she had a broken ruler.

The incident resulted in Darren receiving the following text message: “Hello. Your child went to school today without the right gear.

“According to the letter sent before the semester, students are expected to arrive with 2 pens, a pencil and a ruler in their pencil case.

“They should also make sure they have their schedule. Students who forget their equipment twice a week will be followed up by the principal for 90 minutes.

“Failing to bring devices three times a week will result in a temporary ban.”


Millfield High has defended its tough stance on stationery (Image: Google)

Furious at the news, the father-of-four took to social media, blasting the school and asking how the punishment is helping students learn.

“You must be joking,” he said.

“God forbid your child should lose a pen, break a pencil, or break a ruler. Possible exclusion! How does this help children learn? Unbelievable.

“I think a temporary exclusion is a bit exaggerated.”

Darren said when his daughter’s ruler broke, she was reportedly not allowed to use one from a spares box on the table.

“People forget things, it’s normal, I’m sure you wouldn’t punish your kids if they forget something twice a week,” he continued.

“I understand that they are trying to teach responsibility to the children, but the punishment of a temporary suspension just seems excessive.”

Darren said he thought a 90-minute detention was “too long” and he couldn’t see how children would benefit from this policy.

Others supported Darren’s stance, saying such a policy was “extreme”.

However, the school has defended its tough stance on stationery.

Nicola Regan, the school’s Headmistress, said: “It is important that students come to school with the basic equipment they need for a day of learning.

“This also helps prepare them for the responsibilities of life after school and ensures classes are not disrupted as staff spend time providing gear for a small number of students who have forgotten theirs. “

Ms Regan said when students joined the school, their parents or guardians signed a home schooling agreement to ensure their children were always sent to school with the right equipment.

“As students arriving without equipment have become a bigger problem of late, we sent a letter to parents ahead of the semester outlining the actions we would take if students continued to come to school without basic equipment Arrive learning,” she said.

“We also offered to buy equipment for any child whose family might be struggling financially.

“As this is the first week after the parents received the letter, we have provided a pencil case with equipment to a very small number of students who came without theirs and who have also contacted their parents.

“We are also in the process of opening a stationery shop during recess times so students can purchase backup equipment to ensure they are ready and fully prepared for the next day of school.”

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