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Loom bands barred from schools in Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 13, 2014


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WORRIED headteachers have banned loom bands from at least three Stafford schools.

Flash Ley in Silkmore has barred the bands as they are a distraction in class, while Doxey Primary and St Anne’s Catholic Primary have also banned them from school.

The craze, which has swept the country, involves small coloured elastic bands which children can use to make bracelets, necklaces and charms using either their fingers or looms.

Margot Colgrave, head teacher at John Wheeldon Primary said: “We have not banned them as yet but we have reminded children that if they don`t play appropriately with them that they could be banned.

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“The children have been playing co-operatively making wrist bands and sharing well.”

Castlechurch Primary holds supervised loom band-making sessions, despite the bands not meeting uniform and school requirements.

Nicola Glover, assistant head teacher Castlechurch Primary,said: “They are supervised making looms bands at lunch time as a craft/creative activity. It tends to be a calming thing for them to do.”

A spokeswoman from Seighford`s Cooper Perry said: “We have allocated times when they can be used in the school and the children will be informed.”

Fergus Rule, head teacher of Leasowes Primary, said: “Policy says that the only jewellery they can wear is ear studs and a wrist watch.”

A number of famous people have been seen donning looms including The Duchess of Cambridge, David Beckham, the Duchess of Cornwall and One Direction`s Harry Styles.

They are dominating Amazon UK`s most popular toys list while on Ebay a dress made of loom bands is currently reaching bids of almost £154,000.

Loom bands have also spread to social networking sites such as Facebook where a number of pages, groups and even events can be found. Youtube also has dozens of loom band tutorials teaching enthusiasts a variety of designs.

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