Parents have been left furious and bemused after a number of pupils were sent home from a Derby school because of their school uniform. Pupils at Merrill Academy, in Alvaston, wearing incorrect clothing were refused entry into school by teachers, and ordered to return once “appropriately dressed”. The change of attire was enforced this month, with a newsletter detailing the updates to uniform having been sent out in late December. The school had also sent out text messages as a further reminder about the policy to parents on the morning of pupils’ return to school following the Christmas break. Some of the new uniform rules include “sensible leather-look shoes in black only” and “plain black tailored trousers or knee-length skirt”. Two parents who had their daughters turned away by the school were left outraged and dumbfounded by the school’s crackdown. Louise Rostron, 32, from Alvaston, was left bemused when her daughter, Tyra, 13, wasn’t allowed entry to the school on January 7 because her boots didn’t comply with the new rules. Louise, who feels the school weren’t clear about uniform updates, received a letter...