‘Actually upset’ West London schoolgirl will get detention for not carrying a jumper below blazer in heatwave

‘Really upset’ West London schoolgirl gets detention for not wearing a jumper under blazer in heatwave

A girl was “really upset” at being given a detention for “not wearing a jumper” under her blazer when she arrived at school during the London heatwave. The 12-year-old’s family are “disgusted” at the “completely inappropriate” decision on a day when it was 28C by 9am but the school says it is preparing pupils for the “professional expectations of the world of work”.

Ruby Reid said she was told off at the gates of Rivers Academy West London and given a breaktime detention, leaving her mum Carrie-anne and stepdad David Vickers fuming and claiming teachers were wearing summer outfits at the time. The school on Tachbrook Road in Feltham has since claimed rules were relaxed later in the day after Ruby’s arrival – but despite that she claims she still ended up in detention.

Stepdad David, 39, said: “Ruby was really upset – she’s only young and doesn’t have much of a voice, so she just had to go with it. It was 28 degrees on Thursday morning and got even higher throughout the day as well.

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David Vickers with daughters Ruby Reid (12) and her younger sister Phoebe Reid(Image: © David Vickers / SWNS)

“It would have been incredibly easy for someone to pass out in that temperature – or even lose their life if they got too dehydrated. I couldn’t believe it – I phoned up the school when she got home and was told it’s the ‘head’s policy’ and they needed to enforce it.

“The next day they weren’t threatening breaktime detentions, but full 90 minute detentions instead – and the head was stood at the gates enforcing it himself. I can’t see any logic in it, but hearing from other parents, apparently this school has a history of this. It’s just completely inappropriate.”

Ruby wasn’t wearing her jumper when being stopped at the gate on Thursday (September 7), because she was already hot, she said. The school claims the rules were relaxed later that day at 10am – but Ruby says she and several other students still ended up in detention at breaktime for not wearing their jumpers at the gates.

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David Vickers and Carrie-anne Vickers with daughters Ruby Reid (12) and her younger sister Phoebe Reid(Image: © David Vickers / SWNS)


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