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To send DS to school in uniform without logos?

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PurplePenguins Tue 06-Sep-16 20:29:04

We had a letter before the break saying the uniform was changing and the uniform was compulsory. Fair enough no problem with that. DS is in y1 so uniform gets ruined with paint etc. So I by from Tesco or Asda. Today I receive a letter saying the school uniform is compulsory and consists of:
A red jumper (with school logo)
Black trousers
White polo shirt

If I fail to comply with the school's uniform policy, I will be fined. I don't earn a fortune and DS2 and DS3 are in secondary school. For them the bare minimum (1 blazer, 2 pairs of trousers and 3 shirts each) costs £160. Add £7.50 for a logoed jumper that I can get in Asda for £3 works out a too much for my pocket. AIBU to not by logoed jumpers? ATBU to fine me for putting my child in a non logoed jumper so that I can feed him? (Yes money is that tight)

NatashaRomanov Tue 06-Sep-16 20:31:02

How in earth can the say they will fine you?? Is this a private school?

CinderellaFant Tue 06-Sep-16 20:36:13

I think for an extra £4.50 I would buy the logo'd jumper. If everyone else has it I wouldn't want my DC to feel the odd one out.

NatashaRomanov Tue 06-Sep-16 20:36:38

There's no legislation about primary school uniform, but there's a link here to government guidence-

It does say about considering the cost and choosing items available easily and cheaply, i.e. from a supermarket.

NapQueen Tue 06-Sep-16 20:40:56

You received the letter on the day they returned?? What kind of crazy communication is this?

I'd be saying no. I've bought it now. As it wears out I will replace it with the logo jumpers.

lessthanBeau Tue 06-Sep-16 20:43:03

7.50 isn't too bad, ours are £10.50, they are much better quality than the asda ones though, if you have to replace the asda ones it's the same price as paying once for the school one. The worst thing is if they lose it at school, even if named, I once had a brand new cardy lost in week 2, finally returned the following June!

SillySongsWithLarry Tue 06-Sep-16 20:46:21

You shouldn't have to buy logo. I buy logo cardigans but polos are a 5 pack from Asda. There is no need to spend as much on one short as you can get a whole pack for just because it has a logo.

Bagina Tue 06-Sep-16 20:50:44

I'm buying one logo sweatshirt. I cannot justify the cost. My nephew has the school logo badge that they stitch onto the asda jumpers. Is this an option? I've just reminded myself to check this out for me!

AlmaMartyr Tue 06-Sep-16 20:51:23

I don't buy the stuff with a logo.

QuiteLikely5 Tue 06-Sep-16 20:52:03

Strange letter to send out after term already began hmm

rosesarered9 Tue 06-Sep-16 21:07:15

The link says "ie from a supermarket" not "eg from a supermarket". Because it's the former, you can say that it MUST be from a supermarket because ie = that is (and not "for example").

rosesarered9 Tue 06-Sep-16 21:08:23

Or ask the school if they'll refund you the cost of a washing powder that will get rid of the stains?

rosesarered9 Tue 06-Sep-16 21:12:14

It also says that schools should " consider the timeframe for introducing a new uniform policy or amending an
existing one;
take into account the views of parents and pupils on significant changes to school
uniform policy;
consider the cost, the available supply sources and year round availability of the
proposed uniform to ensure it is providing best value for money for parents;"

SteamTrainsRealAleandOpenFires Tue 06-Sep-16 21:27:20

Has the school got a new Head of School?
Changed suppliers owner related to HoS ? (yes I am cynical, sorry about that blush)

Can't you just photocopy the logo and machine embroider it onto a piece of felt/cotton?

Hockeydude Tue 06-Sep-16 21:32:18

Ask for the logo on a badge to sew on, telling them you cannot afford to buy a logo one

nellypledge16 Tue 06-Sep-16 21:38:06

My sons school has logo'd sweatshirts AND polo shirts! They can only be bought at tesco uniform service or one other retailer at £8.50 per sweatshirt and £6.25 per polo shirt.

rosesarered9 Tue 06-Sep-16 21:53:09

SteamTrains It would be cheaper to buy the logo top than buy an embroidery machine -

bumsexatthebingo Tue 06-Sep-16 21:59:43

Annoying as it is - especially when the logo'd items go missing. I would get your dc the logo'd stuff as they will otherwise be one of very few that don't have it and will stand out.

SteamTrainsRealAleandOpenFires Tue 06-Sep-16 22:47:51

Roses I was thinking of a ordinary sewing machine. But there again fabric paints are even cheaper. grin

Ditsyprint40 Tue 06-Sep-16 22:52:47

Ring and check which is actually essential. Our online supplier lists 'compulsory' logod items but actually only blazer and tie are essential.

Leggytadpole Tue 06-Sep-16 22:57:53

I'd buy a jumper, even if it's just the one which you will have to wash regularly through the week. I'd hate for my child to get picked on if they were the only one without - kids will notice and they can be really cruel.

My son's school offers a uniform allowance for people receiving pupil premium, it's worth finding out if you are entitled to that if money is that tight.

NoMudNoLotus Tue 06-Sep-16 23:22:40

Omg OP I have been in exactly the same predicament - even down to how much a logo'd top is & that I usually buy the same as you from Asda .

I have not bought the logo'd tops .

It makes the uniform ridiculously priced for us.

NoMudNoLotus Tue 06-Sep-16 23:26:08

If the school is that bothered they should make logo badges available for parents to buy & sew on.

£7.50 for 1 polo shirt is ludicrous.

catkind Tue 06-Sep-16 23:31:40

Where are you? If UK I can only suppose they're proposing to send him home then fine you for unauthorised absence. Which is obviously absurd and could i think be fought if you wanted to.

SteamTrainsRealAleandOpenFires Tue 06-Sep-16 23:46:51

Am I right in thinking that schools can't issue "monetary fines", only a court can do that? (willing to accept that I am wrong)

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