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or is Headteacher power crazy? (Uniform thread)

(191 Posts)
RedHorse3 Wed 04-Sep-13 10:56:18

So ds started his secondary school yesterday. When we had induction day in July, the teacher mentioned that they had just bought in new Logo school trousers & skirts.
Now the entire school has to change uniform as policy before was plain black trousers/ skirt. Fine. Except that the school uniform shop now has a huge backlog of uniform, and over half the school has not received the uniform. So imagine masses of parents in 1 tiny uniform shop, owner on the phone to school- apparently will allow plain black trousers/ skirt.
Except yesterday, it wasn't fine. The Head sent home over 75 pupils, local newspaper at the school, pupils bought back by parents were put into isolation. As far as I am aware, they did not send home yr7's. They did however get a massive bollocking. DS very upset.
Dp went into school this morning to get a grip on what was happening. As he was waiting, pupils were swarming past him, having been pulled out of lessons to go to conference room to explain why they dont have school logo skirt/ trousers. Ds included. Head was in conference room shouting at them & they were coming out and being taking off into different rooms(?) Dp has arranged meeting with head at 11.30am today.

Sirzy Wed 04-Sep-13 11:01:30

That's rediculous.

It would actually have me questioning the choice of school.

Hope you get it sorted

DanicaJones Wed 04-Sep-13 11:08:59

Oh my God. It sounds like they had decided they were going to come down like a ton of bricks on people who disregarded the uniform and then went ahead regardless even though they should have been aware that there were supply problems! There should be at least a year's grace when there is a change of uniform anyway to allow children to grow out of existing uniform.
Our local senior school insists on full winter uniform when they go back, so jumper and blazer. Awful as it was baking hot even at 9 am this morning. So different from when i was at school when we chose when to wear our jumper according to how warm we were. So much more sensible

crazyhamsterbackatlast Wed 04-Sep-13 11:09:20

Jesus that's ridiculous, I would certainly be reconsidering my choice of school

KoalaFace Wed 04-Sep-13 11:11:35

Definitely a power crazy jobs worth.

prettybird Wed 04-Sep-13 11:13:00

Is this a state school?

Head definitely seems to have lost it.

burberryqueen Wed 04-Sep-13 11:13:17

head sounds like a twat - those poor little year sevens - welcome to hell.

HopALongOn Wed 04-Sep-13 11:15:02

Surely you can't demand everyone wears a uniform if it isn't actually available?! Absolute nutter, I would be talking to the governors.

wimblehorse Wed 04-Sep-13 11:15:26

OMG that is ridiculous. Is this an academy?

Sparklingbrook Wed 04-Sep-13 11:16:21

Blimey. How to ruin the first day at Secondary. That seems so OTT.

cantspel Wed 04-Sep-13 11:16:39

why was there a backlog and everyone in the shop at once?

You have had 6 weeks to sort out buying of the uniform so why the last minute rush?

heavy handed by the head but also unreasonable by the parents to leave it to the last minute to kit the kids out for school.

Souredstones Wed 04-Sep-13 11:16:40

They should have given the kids the first week grace period knowing the difficulties with uniform but otherwise I completely side with schools on having a strict uniform policy

burberryqueen Wed 04-Sep-13 11:17:05

go on OP do name the school - what a joke - what the ufck does this have to do with education?

TheFuzz Wed 04-Sep-13 11:17:18

Bloody crazy. New policy, shortage of uniforms - whose falt is that.

Idiot head.

Call the local press !

diaimchlo Wed 04-Sep-13 11:17:41

Absolutely ridiculous!!!!!! logos on skirts and trousers, what a stupid idea, the Headteacher is BVU. Sorry but I would not be happy with a child of mine attending a school run in such a dictator fashion. I fully agree with uniform but this is unbelievable.

How sad that the Year 7s had to suffer this on their first day, it is a big enough step forward in their lives as it is without a jumped up little hitler.

HairyGrotter Wed 04-Sep-13 11:17:48

Haha, brilliantly terrible!

I'd be having stern words with her, and seriously reconsidering sending my child there.

Sparklingbrook Wed 04-Sep-13 11:18:19

Local press already there Fuzz. shock

WildThongsHeartString Wed 04-Sep-13 11:18:26

Head has his priorities right eh?

Dobbiesmum Wed 04-Sep-13 11:21:10

Was the uniform only available in one shop? That's bloody ridiculous. They should have known that there would have been a rush on for the logo'd stuff and started to sort it out months ago, never mind July they should have been getting everything in stock much earlier.
And why are the children being blamed for something they obviously couldn't help?

why was there a backlog and everyone in the shop at once?

It reads to me that the new uniform was available to order but wasn't actually there to pick up until the last minute.

This sounds like a complete nightmare. The actual point of school has been lost here hasn't it? These pupils are learning nothing over some fucking logo.

Not power crazy, money crazy.

Schools round here have all gone OTT on uniform, i'm sure the fact they get 10% of all uniform sales is bog all to do with it hmm £8for a pair of pe socks, you need an indoor air, an outdoor pair and if you do drama a pair for that too, all in different colours. That's £24 on socks alone, if you have a few kids to buy for that's £££££. They have all adopted pricey blazers etc too.

Trousers, skirts etc are all a certain colour in one particular school and logoed too, parents really do need to make a stand on this issue.

The irony is, a school in the next town, one of th best performig in the country only has a bog standard logoed jumper with trousers/skirt combo, everything else is down to the parents, make of that what you will.

friday16 Wed 04-Sep-13 11:29:35

I assume this is a school where 90% the pupils get 8 A* GCSE grades in core subjects, the AS and A2 results look like Eton's and the kid who gets into UCL to study Mathematics is looked on pityingly by everyone else who's off to Oxbridge? Because otherwise you might think that the head had their priorities slightly askew.

One is reminded of:

www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/castle-vale-performing-arts-college-253449

The head didn't last a term:

www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/castle-vale-performing-arts-college-303629

LemonBreeland Wed 04-Sep-13 11:34:24

That sounds absolutely crazy. I would be kicking up a massive fuss, and I would not be leaving the school until I was satisfied my child was not being penalised any more.

pianodoodle Wed 04-Sep-13 11:36:25

Stupid. And why shout at the kids too? Do they think the kids were responsible for what they were wearing?!

SuperiorCat Wed 04-Sep-13 11:37:22

YANBU but please let us know the outcome of the meeting and name the school

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