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A disgruntled mum says she feels her daughter "has been left out" after claiming her school would not allow her to wear a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms on a 'Culture Day.'
Kathryn Beardow, 39, who has six children aged four to 21, said her 14-year-old daughter Katelyn wanted to wear tracksuit bottoms, a T-shirt, and a matching hoodie but says she was told she was not allowed by teachers at Manchester Enterprise Academy.
The Gorton mum says Katelyn, who has cerebral palsy, was instructed that should she turn up in that outfit, she would have to get changed into her school uniform, Manchester Evening News reports.
She says the school allowed leggings but these can be problematic because Katelyn wears splints on both legs, which go up to her knee.
Kathryn says Katelyn loves her tracksuits and is comfortable wearing them with trainers that also go over the splints, which correct the positioning of her feet to try and prevent 'toe walking.'
The mum said: "That is what she classes as her cultural clothes. The UK has a culture of comfort wear."
Kathryn, who is disabled and whose husband Ivan Beardow, 49, is her carer, says she was confused when the school instructed her the cultural clothes needed to be akin to something you would wear to a wedding.
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She says: "What if you don't believe in marriage?
"As far as we are concerned then our English culture clothes is what we wear every day as that is our culture.
"Same for Muslims, they have their own everyday clothes, which they are allowed to wear to school, yet Katelyn isn't allowed to wear what she feels is her culture clothes like tracksuit, jeans, t-shirts, jumpers.
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"Why are our beliefs and our culture being discriminated against?
"We live in a very diverse culture and on culture day, each child should be made to feel that their own culture matters. We each have our own sense of style and fashion and that should be celebrated not restricted on culture day."
Kathryn is also mum to Jessica, 21, Joseph, 18, who has cerebral palsy and autism, Ethan, 11 who has cerebral palsy, Scarlett, 8, Isobel, 4, and has a grandson Luca, 2.
She says the Ellesse tracksuit her daughter wanted to wear used to belong to model and TV personality Katie Price which she won on the star's Depop Account.
And she says Katelyn was really disappointed not to wear it.
The Manchester Evening News approached Manchester Enterprise Academy but they did not wish to comment.
- Katie Price
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