Girl, 15, ‘in tears’ as school isolates her over ear studs she can’t remove


A schoolgirl has been reduced to tears after being put into school isolation because her ear studs are against the rules.

Eloise, 15 and a Year 10 pupil at Trinity Academy in Bradford, west Yorkshire, was told on March 9 – just one day after schools in England officially reopened – that she couldn’t attend classes until she got the studs removed.

But her mum has lashed out at the decision saying her child won’t be able to get them out till piercing shops reopen in a month’s time as they’re impossible to remove at home.

Charlotte Robertshaw, 34, said Eloise is being made to spend six hours each day on her own and even eat alone.

Under a new uniform policy enforced in February when a different Trust took over the school pupils are forbidden from wearing jewellery.

But the single mum-of-two said the action taken against her daughter will cause her anxiety to go “through the roof”.

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Eloise with mum charlotte
Eloise’s is having to spend six hours alone each day and can’t even meet her classmates for food

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Eloise was initially told she would spend her time in detention until she had the earrings removed, but has since been told she would spend six hours in isolation instead.

Charlotte said it was “unfair” and “ridiculous” that her daughter was being punished for something she had no control over.

Charlotte, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, said: “I’m not sending Eloise to school at the moment because I’m not sending her to be punished for something out of her control.

“It’s infuriating. They need to be reasonable, there’s nothing we can do about it now because the shops aren’t open.

“We were told that she would be excluded, and now they’re saying she’s going to be isolating. It’s immoral and unfair.

Ear studs
Mum Charlotte said it could be a month before the studs can be removed as they need to wait for piercing shops to reopen

“Two teachers kept following Eloise telling her the earrings were unacceptable and she was in tears. She was hiding away and crying.

“Eloise is missing out on her friends, missing out on her studies, for something that we can’t control now.

“It’s been so disappointing. Eloise has been failed by the school.”

Charlotte said they have tried to remove the studs but it requires special tools as they are too tightly clasped.

She said her daughter had been looking forward to seeing her friends for months after lockdown, but the school decision has caused her to suffer from severe anxiety.

Charlotte said she couldn’t allow her daughter to go into school knowing that she would be left alone in the same four walls for six hours.

The beauty therapist said: “It’s detrimental to Eloise’s mental health, and isolating her from her friends has been horrendous.

Eloise's ear stud
The new ‘no-jewellery’ policy came into force in February

“We’re not in normal times, we’ve all had to compromise and Eloise has suffered from anxiety in the past.

“I can’t imagine leaving Eloise being alone in the same four walls for six hours. But she can’t even see her friends for dinner, it’s just awful. It’s what they do to naughty kids.

“She has to eat her dinner alone. That’s not alright.

“Her anxiety will go through the roof.”

Charlotte said the studs aren’t visible as they’re covered by Eloise’s hair, and she even proposed to place skin coloured plasters over them until she can have them removed.

Eloise' stud
Charlotte fears Eloise’s anxiety ‘will go through the roof’

But she has been told repeatedly that ‘rules are rules’.

Nick Robinson, Executive Principal for Trinity Academy Bradford: “Students returned following the latest lockdown with great enthusiasm, and uniform standards from our students have proved to be excellent.

“The uniform policy being upheld is not new to students or parents; it is in fact the legacy Queensbury Academy policy which we are implementing consistently as parents, students and staff, would expect.

“Students have been given a reasonable amount of time to adjust, however, if they refuse to comply, they will be sanctioned in line with the academy’s behaviour policy.

“We will be working with parents to ensure the student in question can return to class at the earliest opportunity.

“A Trinity MAT school has high standards, consistently upheld by all, and the future of the new Trinity Academy Bradford will be secured by doing the simple things well, by all of the people, all of the time.”

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