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St Paul's Cray Primary School tells child to remove jubilee hair ribbons
THE mum of a child ordered to remove her Diamond Jubilee hair ribbons at school, says teachers care more about an annual French day than the Queen's 60th anniversary.
Jessica Munford, 11, was told by staff at St Paul's Cray Church of England Primary School on Thursday to take her red, white and blue ribbons out of her hair, as it did not conform with the uniform policy.
Her mother Elizabeth Carrick, 42, has blasted the school in Buttermere Road for not celebrating the Queen's jubilee last week - unlike many other schools in the borough.
The school says it marked the occasion when the Queen visited Bromley on May 15.
It also stated that arrangements had been made for a school photograph to take place on Friday.
Mrs Carrick, of Brook Road, Swanley said: "They've been told they're not allowed to dress up or have any parties.
"Yet they dress up every year for French day without fail, and make croissants.
"I'm just furious that this is a Church of England school, which the Queen is head of, yet all the other schools are celebrating with street parties.
"This is an occasion that's never going to come around again in their lifetime.
"What harm does it do to dress up in red, white and blue and have some fun?"
She added: "I think they care more about the French day than the jubilee.
"We celebrate that every year yet the jubilee is one of the most historic things to happen for this country and they just held one celebration the afternoon the Queen came to Bromley."
Defending the school's stance, vice chair of governors Jeff Blyth said: "When the Queen visited Bromley we had a special celebration.
"It was a very big event in the term and everyone had a fantastic time.
"We're very supportive of the Queen's jubilee.
"In terms of our uniform policy we expect the children to adhere to the uniform policy when attending school.
"We did a lot more for the jubilee than the French day. It has been a real focus of attention this term.
"Lots of schools took their decision about where they would have their celebration.
"We thought the best day was the day the Queen came to Bromley."