AÂ schoolÂ has banned students from wearing fake nails, as they are â€œhaving a detrimental effect on their learningâ€.
Earlier this year, Burnside College in North Tyneside wrote to parents to warn about the effects of acrylic nail extensions.
â€œWe are currently in the process of revising our whole school uniform policy due to the increased number of students attending school wearing acrylic nail extensions,â€ the statement read.
â€œSome students are unable to fully access the curriculum and in extreme cases are unable to use a pen, having a detrimental effect on their learning.â€
As a consequence of the new ruling, pupils must now keep nails at a â€œsensible lengthâ€ which means no more acrylics or extensions. If students are caught with an unsuitableÂ manicure, then they will face â€œappropriate sanctionsâ€.
But the move has faced backlash after a number ofÂ parentsÂ complained. One mother even threatened to pull her 15-year-old daughter, Gracie Fish, out of school.
The college ordered the student to remove her green gel nails on health and safety grounds, before a week-long beauty placement at a college in Newcastle.
When she refused, Fish was ordered to spend the week in isolation instead.
â€œI just don’t see what part of this is health and safety, especially as she’s doing health and beauty,â€ her motherÂ argued. â€œThe school claimed they had to be taken off because she was representing the school, but I think she’s been discriminated against.â€
â€œHow does this stop her doing a job, especially one to do with beauty? It is pathetic, and she was devastated.â€
Television chat show, â€˜Good Morning Britainâ€™, later held a debate on the issue which saw hundreds of viewers back the schoolâ€™s policy highlighting that â€œitâ€™s school not a fashion paradeâ€.
â€œYou can socialise on weekends, school is for education not talking about your latest visit to the nail salon,â€ one commented. â€œWhen I was at school we got sent home for wearing make-up or the wrong type of shoes or hair colour.â€
Another agreed, writing: â€œTheyâ€™ve got plenty of time to get fake nails when they finish school or in the school holidays if theyâ€™re that desperate for them.â€
â€œSchool children do not need false nails I totally agree with the ban,â€ a third added.
You can socialise on weekends, school is for education not talking about your latest visit to the nail salon. When I was at school we got sent home for wearing make-up or the wrong type of shoes or hair colour
â€” Kerry Scott (@KerrySc57124467)Â August 30, 2019
Theyâ€™ve got plenty of time to get fake nails when they finish school or in the school holidays if theyâ€™re that desperate for them.
â€” Dawn ðŸ”† (@dkydd24)Â August 30, 2019
School children do not need false nails ðŸ™ˆ I totally agree with the ban.
â€” Cheryl (@chezmc)Â August 30, 2019
I think it’s a good thing to ban them. They’re going to school to learn, not compete in a beauty contest and i imagine they can be dangerous during PE.
â€” Debbie (@Smiler1264)Â August 30, 2019
What do you make of the schoolâ€™s controversial policy?