A school in North Tyneside is facing criticism after dozens of pupils were excluded from lessons on the first day of the new term, for wearing 'inappropriate' items of clothing.
Some parents believe staff at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth over-reacted to 'minor infringements' of school uniform policy.
Around 100 pupils were placed in 'time-out' for wearing the wrong type of shoes, trousers or skirts.
One of them was Elizabeth Jenkins, aged 14, who was told that she was wearing the wrong style of skirt.
She told ITV News Tyne Tees:
"I think the skirt looks fine. Some girls have shorter skirts and they still look perfectly smart. I just do not understand why it is such a big deal. Why should we all have to be wearing the exact same skirt and the exact same trousers? From my point of view I think that the skinny trousers look a lot smarter than the baggy ones."
Elizabeth's mother Julie Haley said:
"It is a plain black skirt which I think is totally acceptable for school. At no point was I contacted by the school, and I would like to have known what was happening to my daughter. Ultimately, I am responsible for Elizabeth's uniform. I do feel that if the school had any issues with it, it is me they should be coming to. They should not be punishing the kids."
However, Ian Wilkinson, the Head Teacher at George Stephenson High School, has defended the decision to remove pupils from lessons.