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to think people should dress their children in the correct uniform?

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schilke Fri 25-Sep-09 14:01:59

The uniform is blue shirts or polo shirts, grey trousers for boys and navy skirt/pinafore for girls. There is a boy who always wears a white shirt and now his sister has started she is wearing a white polo shirt with a grey skirt?!

I mean does the mother not notice that her children are the only ones in white shirts? All other girls are in navy pinafores apart from her dd. Her dd looks like she goes to a different school as she looks so different to the other girls.

It's getting on my nerves. AIBU?

ThePhantomPlopper Fri 25-Sep-09 14:05:14

Whilst I agree with you that Children should wear the correct uniform, I don't think it would bother me enough for it to get on my nerves.

SolidGoldBrass Fri 25-Sep-09 14:06:34

Have you considered getting a life?

mazzystartled Fri 25-Sep-09 14:08:09


Maybe she bought what she could afford, what was left in the shop in the right size, whatever. It's hardly a deliberate act of subversion.

AMumInScotland Fri 25-Sep-09 14:09:42

If the children are not worried about it, and the school isn't insisting, then I don't know why it should bother you so much. Does it harm you or your children in any way?

HerBeatitude Fri 25-Sep-09 14:10:41


I bet this thread will get to 1000 posts

schilke Fri 25-Sep-09 14:11:32

Yes ok I need a life. I just find it odd. There are several school with blue in the are so hardly difficult to find.

They'll get a right rollicking if they start secondary in the wrong uniform - you get a detention for not having your blazer.

BoysArrLikeDogs Fri 25-Sep-09 14:13:47

I am tutting at the fact that trousers are not part of the girls' uniform


schilke Fri 25-Sep-09 14:16:00

Yes you can have navy trousers too.

Ok I'm unreasonable. It doesn't take up every waking moment, I just think it's odd to buy the wrong colour uniform.

hullygully Fri 25-Sep-09 14:18:06

I think it's absolutely appalling. This sort of thing makes my blood boil. No wonder this country's going to hell in a handbasket, I have spoken to Colonel Bufton Tufton and he's going to write to the Telegraph immediately.

alypaly Fri 25-Sep-09 14:20:53

maybe the school has two colurs of choice.My sons trousers could be black or charcoal grey.
As it happened he was the only one in charcoal grey in yr 7 for the school photo[huge mistake] as the trousers were from his infant school.(trying to save money) As soon as he grew out of them i got black ones so that he wasnt different

OrmIrian Fri 25-Sep-09 14:23:08

I agree it seems odd - presumably just as easy to buy grey as navy. But not a big problem I should think. We are allowed to have red of grey jumpers and black or grey trousers/skirts.

mazzystartled Fri 25-Sep-09 14:30:39

Maybe they are skint, and got given perfectly usable handmedowns. And isn't a plain white polo shirt (3 for a fiver) an acceptable substitute for the official logoed £8-a-pop official school ones? If not, it bloody well ought to be.

schilke Fri 25-Sep-09 14:30:42

Honestly I've made it sound like it annoys me more than it does.

School uniform is grey for boys and navy for girls. At ds2's junior school the head would go nuts if ds2 turned up in the wrong colour.

Elk Fri 25-Sep-09 14:33:16

My dd's school has a very strict uniform policy including hairbands/bobbles etc which are supposed to be blue/brown. I was in assembly today for the Macmillan Thing and I saw a girl wearing an M&M hairclip and it was enormous!!!!! I was slightly taken aback for a while.

It doesn't worry me as much as the fact hairbands can be blue or brown but shoes have to black or blue, part of me feels they should be the same.

Squishabelle Fri 25-Sep-09 14:34:18

This wouldnt get on my nerves but I must add that I really dont see the point of uniform if its not enforced.

If one or two didnt bother then I wouldnt stick religiously to the uniform either.

alypaly Fri 25-Sep-09 14:38:58

uniform makes children on a par with one another despite their background. It makes everyone equal. There is nothing worse than seeing children boasting about what trainers or brand of shoes they have to those that are less well off.

I believe it is very constructive and stops envy and jealousy which has got to be a good thing

schilke Fri 25-Sep-09 14:39:41

Well that's it squishabelle. If 3 or 4 children turned up in white polo shirts surely the whole school uniform thing is pointless.

They don't have those expensive official school polos just any old pale blue polo so can get 3 for a fiver.

FranSanDisco Fri 25-Sep-09 14:40:27

Whilst it isn't a hanging offense yet wink I do wonder why parents choose totally different colours to the school uniform. My friend does this because she works in Asda and gets a good discount and there is always tons of navy. Our dc's school uniform is grey bottoms/pinafores with royal blue sweatshirts and a blue or white top. The school never said anything all last year. This term I send ds in in black trews and he got told off blush. Whenever I rebel I get caught and it's NOT FAIR!

BigusBumus Fri 25-Sep-09 14:53:38

My step-son is supposed to wear a white polo to school (in Year2). With a red school sweatshirt over the top. His mum, (my husband's ex) chooses to send him in in a red polo under his sweatshirt, and he is the only one. sad.

He doesn't like being the only one, and says its so mummy doesn't have the wash white ones all the time and red doesn't show up the dirt. Poor mite.

She's a lazy cow.

I'm guilty. DD's uniform is meant to be white blouse or polo shirt with grey trousers/skirt/dress then a red cardigan or jumper.

I send her in one of those red/white checked blouses rather than a plain white one. She hates polo shirts and says the collar annoys her. Ditto blouses. I've spent a fortune on different styles of blouses and no luck. Also the white ones were getting filthy especially as she insisted on sucking the collar non-stop to "soften" it up. She's the only one who wears this type of blouse and I couldn't give a toss what anyone else thinks.

ABetaDad Fri 25-Sep-09 15:00:02

schilke - YANBU

Uniform is there for a reason - it is not an optional extra for parents to pick and choose from as they wish. It does not sound like a terribly expensive uniform so this is not a wealth issue. It happens at my DSs Prep school.

Drives me mad too. Most of the time I am to convinced it is lazy parenting or even a subliminal message to the child and school that the parent does not value education.

I dare anyone to disagree with me on this. angry

<slams down gauntlet>

Mmmm actually uniform in a priamry school is an optional extra. I've read its not enforceable.

alypaly Fri 25-Sep-09 15:03:50

ABetaDad...dont you agree it stops jealousy too and is there to make the children conform more to rules and regulations.
I also think it looks really smart too.
MY two DS's loved their uniform and DS2 likes the change of colour for 6th form.
I do too, but wasnt keen on the extra expensehmm

mwff Fri 25-Sep-09 15:06:25

uniform is indeed optional at primary, as it should be. pmsl at not valuing education.

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