A Bexley mother is facing a standoff with her son’s school after staff refused to let him wear boots instead of shoes.

Shelley Adams, of Hazel Drive, claims uniform rules set by Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Temple Grove school in Slade Green, are "appalling" and "unfair".

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Alfie Hitchcock's boots creating controversy at school

The 36-year-old bought her son, Alfie Hitchcock, aged 10, a pair of black Timberland boots because she hoped they would last longer than normal shoes but was told by staff at the school that he must wear smart, black shoes which come below the ankle.


The single mum-of-four said: "I think it’s appalling.

"I’m a single working mum with a house to run.

"It is not right so I am standing up for my son."

Ms Adams told News Shopper she cannot afford to buy Alfie, who is in year six, another pair of shoes and claims that the dress code enforcement is new.

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Alfie Hitchcock and his unwanted boots

​She added: "I was thinking about keeping him home off school because I do not want him to be punished, but then I will be fined for truancy.

"I do not know why they are punishing him, he’s only 10."

A spokesman for the school in Chrome Road, which publishes its school uniform policy in booklet form, said: "The school uniform policy is clear about what footwear is acceptable.

"The uniform policy is widely and regularly published to parents.

"It has remained the same since the school opened."