A BOY was banned from class after his school said FIVE pairs of shoes his parents bought him were “unacceptable” to wear.
Vaclav Carady, 12, has missed weeks of lessons because his school said he doesn’t have the correct footwear.
The Year 7 pupil returned to Gloucester Academy on March 9 after lockdown restrictions were eased – only to be sent home.
His parents had rushed out to buy him new shoes the night before he was due back, with the new pair being similar to what he had previously worn.
But teachers weren’t impressed and offered him a girls’ pair and pair of boys’ shoes that were two sizes too big.
His mum Denisa Caradyova, 34, is now furious after the school did not accept five different pairs of shoes, reports Gloucestershire Live.
She said: “We found out the night before school return that he did not have shoes that fit him so we went out to Tesco and Asda to buy him some new shoes, which were similar to what he had worn before.
“All what we could find in the supermarkets were black and leather and Velcro fastening.
“Vaclav came home from school at 4pm on the first day and I saw he was not walking well. I asked him if he was OK and he explained what had happened at school.”
Mrs Caradyova added: “I was so angry and shocked. He has a bad foot which means he has to wear a certain type of shoe.
“The school did not even call me and left him like that. The shoes were a hazard and he could have fallen down the stairs or broken his leg. It was not safe. How can they do that.”
I was so angry and shocked. He has a bad foot which means he has to wear a certain type of shoe.”
The following day his dad went out again to the supermarkets to try and find a more suitable pair – but struggled as he has a high instep.
He purchased a pair but two teachers once again deemed them unacceptable.
His dad Vaclav Carady Sr, 39, then decided to take his son home rather than have him placed in isolation for the day.
Mr Carady was furious as his son ended up missing nearly two weeks of school after he sent in photographs of the pairs they had bought for him – but each time he was knocked back.
He added: “When I was at the school I saw another pupil wearing the same shoes at what we had originally bought our son. How can it just be my son with the wrong shoes?
“I was waiting for a call from the school last Friday. I spoke with a teacher at the beginning of the week and I said I will have to wait for the shops to hopefully reopen on April 12 as there is nothing else I can do.
“I know how important education is. My son has missed too many hours of school, however he is not allowed back. They told me there is nothing they are able to do and it is the school rules.
“He was wearing Velcro shoes before and now he is not allowed.
“Vaclav has never been a problem at school. He works hard and has good grades. I know when these teachers took over, they had to make changes but this is too much.
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His school said it expects students to attend even if they don’t have the correct uniform and offers kids free clothing to complete their outfit.
Headteacher at Gloucester Academy Jonathan Heap said: “We make every effort to support our students and their families to comply with our expectations.
“We recognise this has been a challenging time and we have a large stock of school uniform that we offer free of charge, including a range of brand new shoes to those who need them.
“We would still expect students to be in school, even without the correct uniform, to allow us to provide support and assistance.”