ANGRY parents have signed a petition which claims that a Cwmbran school has been denying pupils the right to remove their jumpers in the hot weather without asking.

More than 100 people have signed an online petition ‘Empower Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School pupils now #Jumperjustice’ to give pupils “the freedom” to remove jumpers “when they feel the need to”.

According to a letter from Croesyceiliog School, the current uniform policy is pupils “are expected to request permission to remove any item of full uniform”.

Pontnewydd mum Amy Cole, who set up the petition, has said the current policy “must be changed” after claiming that her son was refused permission to remove his jumper.

She said: “My son, Calum, goes to the school and a few times recently when he’s asked a teacher to take off his jumper he wasn’t given permission. I felt shocked with this because I’m quite sure that my son and other children can tell when it is too hot.

“My son has felt ill at times because of the weather. Wouldn’t it be more productive for them to take off their jumpers without having to ask permission because it would be quicker?”

The 31-year-old civil servant added: “I’ve set up this petition because we want children to be able to decide when to remove jumpers all year round and we’d like the uniform policy reviewed. I’m planning on handing the petition to the board of governors.”

Yet, according to some parents, the school has allowed pupils the choice of wearing polo shirts and shorts this week due to hot weather.

However Shaun Smith, 37, said he knew nothing about this.

He said: “My daughter had to ask permission this week to take off her jumper. But what about the parents who can’t afford polo shirts, will their child have to wear a jumper with full uniform until they are told otherwise?

“There needs to be consistency with the uniform policy.”

Another parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “My kid was allowed to wear a polo shirt for the week but with a jumper until told – it’s silly.”

The school was contacted for comment. To view the petition, visit