‘In keeping with our policy on excellent standards of uniform, we are requesting students use an appropriate bag for school that will contain books and folders of an A4 size. ‘We have identified that there has been a lack of clarity on the type of bag to use for school, which has resulted in some students using designer handbags which are not appropriate for carrying exercise and text books to school.’Many thanks for your continued support in helping All Saints’ Academy maintain standards in uniform and expectations for learning.’ Parents have since slammed the decision on Facebook.Annabel Holland wrote: ‘Unless they provide every pupil with a school rucksack as part of the uniform I don’t see how they can tell you what bag you can and can’t take to school.’
Tracie Hale added: ‘They go to school for an education does it really matter what bag they use. Pathetic really.’And Vicki Hodges said: ‘They should have stated this before the kids went back in September.’I don’t see what the difference is between a River Island hand bag and an Adidas back pack. They’ve both got brand names on and can both fit school books and folders in.'[It] doesn’t affect them learning in the slightest.’ It comes after a 13-year-old schoolgirl claimed she was sent home from the school on the first day of term in 2013 because her skirt was ‘too stretchy’.Holly-Mae Donaldson’s skirt conflicted with the school’s uniform code, which states all skirts must be knee-length without splits or pleats, and must not stretch.
Mr McNiffe added: ‘School bags are an essential item for all of our students and in keeping with our excellent standards of uniform, we have requested to parents that students use an appropriate school bag. ‘As an Academy we don’t consider designer handbags to be appropriate for the school day.’Being properly organised for school with the appropriate equipment and uniform contributes to our focus on a strong learning culture.’ Reese Witherspoon donned a pearl-embroidered Michael Kors dress to accept the Chairman’s Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday.The 38-year-old Oscar winner’s LBD and Louboutins were hand-picked by her stylist Leslie Fremar – who also dresses Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Connelly.The Inherent Vice star’s blonde waves were coiffed and she rocked silver eye-shadow and hot-pink lipstick for the awards gala – held at Parker Palm Springs.