It sounds really silly but I have been put off certain schools because of there uniform. Our local one is grey and maroon. I don't like it at all. I love the navy and white. I think that looks really smart and crisp. Is it just me that does this? Don't misunderstand, if it was a fantastic school with an awful uniform then I wouldn't have a problem but when it's two schools that are both about the same, then I'd be going for the nice uniform.
For primary school I couldn't give two hoots, for secondary I prefer a smart uniform as I think it installs a sense of pride in the pupils. I wouldn't reject or choose a school on the basis of the uniform though.
I nmust get it from my mum. There was a choice of 2 secondery schools for me, one was a very casual uniform in grey and the other was navy and red with a proper wool jumper and tye. My mum didn't even visit the first school. I wouldn't go that far though.
I also think that getting your first school uniform at 5 should be really exciting. It should make them feel smart and grown up. It would take away that excitment if the ubiform was awful, as she would be dressed smarter at home.
Must admit to having rejected our nearest school partly on the basis of a scarlet jumper, which would look absolutely terrible on both of my DCs. There were other reasons, but that was probably about number 3 on the list.
Did I consider the colour of my DD's uniform when looking at schools for her??!! LOL! Err no. I looked at Ofsted reports, met the head, looked round the school, spoke to parents whose children already attended. Didn't think about the uniform until it came to buying it. Didn't enter my head to think about it.
Is a boater the same as a blazer? I don't have a clue. I love blazers, they are really smart. I think they have to make uniforms as cheep as possible nowadays. They have definatly gon down hill in general.
Thanks Mummyloveslucy. Have started losing sleep over it already. DS is in grammar and absolutely the right school for him cos he's exceptionally bright (if lazy). DD is the opposite, and I wouldn't be so worried if we had a good high school on the doorstep, but we're out of catchment for the decent highschools. Sorry for the hijack, but hope it helps put uniform worries into perpective.
Oh yes I know. I have some concernes over my daughter starting school as she has some special needs. I wanted to start a more light hearted thread really. Is she having any 11+ coaching? it might help. I really feel for you and everyone else in this possition. It can be very hard to get the best for our children.
I once worked in a prep school that was the shittest school EVER. Really just awful and I am sure that the majority of the parents chose it because of it's incredibly cute uniform with caps, knee socks and boaters.
It certainly wasn't for the resources or teaching standards.
Before I worked there I would see the children walking in a crocodile around the town and people would stop to look at them.