Dad stunned at school’s “absurd” policy for kids to forget to bring a pen

Parents were divided after a school introduced a strict three-strikes stationery policy that could result in little ones being expelled if they forget to bring a pen or ruler

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Father found the policy “excessive” (stock image)

A stunned parent has blown up his daughter’s school over her ‘over the top’ period when she forgets to bring a pen or ruler.

Millfield High School in Lancashire has been slammed after telling parents it is introducing a “three strike” rule on basic stationery, including two pens, a pencil and a ruler.

If students fail to do so, they risk imprisonment and a “temporary expulsion,” which would result in them being temporarily kicked out of class.

Father Darren Worthington took to social media after his daughter received her first ‘strike’ for having a broken ruler which her teacher reportedly refused to replace.

Worthington shared the school’s text message, which reinforced the “joke” of a policy online – and received more than 1,000 likes, comments and shares.

Darren Worthington has blasted the school’s ‘over the top’ rule after receiving a text message about his daughter


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“It must be a joke,” scolded the father. “How does this help the children learn? Unbelievable.

“My daughter’s ruler was broken, there was a box of spare parts on the table that she wasn’t allowed to use. The school is full of stationery, everyone brings their own stationery.

“I am sure that it is not yet the case that all children forget their pencil cases every morning.

Worthington added that while he understands the school is trying to teach children to be responsible, the punishment “seems excessive.”

The school has defended its stationery policy following the backlash


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He said: “I can’t see how that would benefit the kids. I would even say that the 90-minute detention is too long.

“There are stories at the post where the child was punished by having personal belongings confiscated as punishment because he (FOR) brought the right gear but in his bag rather than the suitcase.”

A crowd of parents agreed with Worthington, and some branded the school’s policies “utterly absurd.”

One user wrote: “My daughter is starting here in September. I better make sure she has spare pins on her socks.”

However, many supported the school’s strict rule, arguing that it teaches “responsibility and self-reliance”.

“Now there’s nothing wrong with a little discipline,” wrote another. “That’s what the kids of today lack in this naïve world.”

Another said: “It’s not that hard to remember to bring a pen and ruler! They are giving you a warning, not an instant ban!”

Headmistress Nicola Regan defended the school’s stance on stationery despite the backlash.

She 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.

“When students join our school, their parents or guardians sign a home school agreement, pledging to always send their child to school with the gear they need.”

Regan added that Millfield High School has offered to buy equipment for families struggling financially and is in the process of opening a stationery store during recess so students can buy spare pens if needed.

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