Newquay school bans Help for Heroes wristband
A NEWQUAY secondary school has defended the actions of its head teacher after a pupil was made to remove his Help for Heroes charity wristband.
Treviglas Community College said it was college policy that no bracelets or bands are to be worn inside the college for health and safety reasons – and there are no exceptions.
The news comes after one angry parent contacted the Cornish Guardian claiming her son, whose dad served in the Armed Forces, was asked to remove his charity band by head teacher Karen Ross at the college last week.
The charity was formed to support those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts.
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The boy's mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said her family had lost people in conflict and was furious at the school's charity band policy.
She said: "He has been told by his headmistress [that he is] not allowed to wear his Help for Heroes band.
"His dad is ex-Forces and we have lost people ourselves [in conflict] – it is not on. His teacher has got bands on himself. I can understand if the students are working with machinery but not when you have got a pencil in your hand."
She said other students at Treviglas had also been told by members of staff that they were not allowed to wear their charity bands in college and had been asked to remove them.
"[They] are getting them at the doors and [in the] corridors and telling them they are not allowed to wear them," she said.
Treviglas has defended its actions, stating that it is made clear in the college's uniform policy that no wristbands or bracelets are allowed in the college for health and safety reasons.
In a statement to this newspaper, Treviglas said: "The fact that we do not allow students to wear bands does not mean that we do not recognise the excellent work many charities, including this one, do.
"Students who wear bands/bracelets (and most students adhere to the uniform policy on a daily basis) are spoken to by members of staff and asked to remove it/them.
"There was a Year 11 boy last week who was spoken to about his band by Mrs Ross as he arrived in college. He refused to take it off initially and walked away from the head teacher, not waiting where he was asked to wait to discuss the matter further.
"Having spoken to a deputy head teacher a few minutes later, he returned to her office without the band and apologised for not following instructions and for walking away.
"He left on good terms, understanding why he needed to remove the band at college and having been praised for supporting an excellent charity."
The college raises "huge amounts" for charity each year, the statement added.