I'm talking about parents who decide on a secondary school for their kids...knowing the uniform etc and THEN decide that they don't want to follow the rules?
It makes me want to scream.
Our school uniform is:
Black trousers (which can be bought from asda/matalan etc for under £10) A white shirt (Packs of 3 can be bought from asda/tesco for under £10) A school tie (£4) Black Shoes (£20?) School blazer (ok, rather pricey at £35)
They KNOW the uniform before they send their kids there yet as soon as their kids are confirmed a place they start with:
"Oh, well I can't afford that blazer, he'll be going in a normal blue jumper"
"He won't wear trousers, it will have to be black tracky bottoms"
"Schools shoes? he can just wear his trainers can't he?"
"He doesn't know how to fasten a tie, surely it won't matter if we don't get one?"
ARGH!! stupid, stupid bloody people. IT MAKES ME SO CROSS.
I know very few parents who actually chose to send their child he school with the expensive uniform. They got in because the school is known for its poor academic performance and therefore has places going spare.
lol at the idea that most parents have a genuine choice of secondary schools lined up and can choose according to what they think of the uniform
YABU because if people actually do really have a choice of school, they will pick the best one for their child based on results, facilities, location, not on the uniform.
Parents are not going to look at the uniform requirements, decide they can't afford it, and therefore state that they would prefer to send their child to the rubbish school in the next town with a cheap uniform (assuming there is such a place).
It is annoying, and obviously they should comply where possible, second hand stuff or whatever they can manage, but I don't think it's as simple as saying therefore they shouldn't send their children to the school.
Some people just like to be arkward, some people just like to break rules, some people just like to try it on to see what they can get away with. I do it myself sometimes, not in school of course, but in work sometimes i do things like 'lets park in the tiny car park with limited space without a permit today, see if anyone notices'
My DS goes to a Primary school that has proper uniform (not a blazer though). He has had to wear a proper tie since reception. I think it's lovely and they all look so smart. Not only that but they are quite strict on it too. Coats have to be a navy or black. I think it is important that they follow a uniform rule correctly, it is all good practice.
Can't help noticing that the local secondary school with the most expensive uniform is the one next to the big estates, with lots of people on very low incomes. I can sort of understand the rationale (wearing a uniform may improve discipline) but can't help thinking it must put a heavy burden on some families.
We get this in dd's primary as well ffs, where you can get everything in Woolies for less than a fiver for each thing. It's meant to be grey trousers but all the girls wear black, the boys wear grey; it's ridiculous.
yanbu and even though i hated it at the time in my school, no uniform 3 times a week meant saturday detention (that's per item, so if no shoes,tie or blazer at the same time= instant sat detention) it was a pain in the ass but rules are rules and a healthy sense of discipline is no bad thing to have when leaving school.
If they are really that skint that they cannot afford school blasers surely the school have a bursary fund they could apply to? Or they could put away £5 a week for a year, given that they must know before hand that their dc will need new uniform.
Choice at secondary is a bit of a joke. In my old area all the secondary schools had uniforms (including the really rubbish school that my dd would have had to attend). If enough people break the rules then the other clothes (like non standard trousers, or jumpers) get incorporated. If the school can't be bothered to make a fight about it why should you get so antsi?
cory - beginnning to wonder if you live near me. DS#1's school is the only one in town with a 'proper' uniform (ie blazer) and it's slap bang in the middle of a rundown estate But it supposedly does improve discipline, judging by the school's massive improvement it does help, and it's not all that expensive really. Blazer - £25 and probably will last a few years, badge about £4, tie £3.