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winter/summer uniform

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dayofftomorrow · 05/09/2007 11:05

DS's primary school insists on winter uniform (trousers/skirts/pinafore dresses) in september even though the weather can be much warmer than in may or even june as it was this year.

IME small boys are great at falling over and putting holes in trousers so as long as it is reasonably warm I send him in shorts and if head doesn't like it thinking of suggesting she runs a trouser knee patching service.

Are other schools like this or is it just that this headteacher has no experience of small boys

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ZoeC · 05/09/2007 11:07

No idea, my dd1 has just started our local primary and they have summer dresses of blue/white gingham then winter is grey skirts/trousers/pinafores. But the weather is mild so she is wearing a mix of both according to what mood she is in. I have not been told a definate time frame for wearing each kind of clothes, and there are boys going in shorts I have seen.

Seems silly, September can be one of the nicest months, mild and often sunny so to insist on 'winter' clothing seems extreme.

christywhisty · 05/09/2007 16:08

My DD's school allows summer uniform until autumn half term.

bagpuss · 05/09/2007 16:16

Ours allows summer uniform until half term also although I have never seen anything official on it.

Smithagain · 06/09/2007 20:59

My friend's daughter goes to a school which dictates when winter/summer uniform may be worn, but the girls were all in summer dresses today. I think they enforce winter uniform at half term, which seems much more sensible.

scienceteacher · 06/09/2007 21:19

We've always found that the uniform policy is to have summer uniforms until half-term. Today, it was 26C, so very reasonable

As for shorts on boys, my DS2 chose to wear shorts all year round when he was in reception and 1. There wasn't a rule against it (probably no one thought it would be an issue!).

coppertop · 06/09/2007 21:22

There's no rule at ds1's school about when to wear winter/summer uniform. People generally choose according to weather conditions and personal preference.

aintnomountainhighenough · 06/09/2007 21:41

Goodness it didn't even cross my mind that the school might enforce specific uniform at certain times of the year. Seems a bit OTT to me, surely as long as they are wearing the correct items it doesn't matter when they them. Is this a private school?

Clary · 07/09/2007 00:18

no rule at our place. DD still in summer frocks.

DS1 who is 8 was I would think very happy to be one of the few boys at his jnr school to be in shorts today
(It's his decision btw)

lilolilmanchester · 07/09/2007 00:21

summer uniform til half term in ours, apart from reception who wear winter straight away (so parents don't end up buying summer uniform for children likely to grow out of them by Easter). But boys can wear shorts as part of their winter uniform too.

RosaLuxembourg · 07/09/2007 00:25

Never occurred to us either to set a time for changing from one to the other - surely it should be up to parents' discretion? Having said that DD1 wanted to wear TIGHTS yesterday - I put my foot down.

mummytojess · 09/09/2007 13:21

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RustyBear · 09/09/2007 13:30

Actually I preferred my DS to wear trousers if he was going to be falling over, as it protected his knees. I speak as someone who has scars on both knees through falling over at school - if I'd been wearing trousers, the sharp stones would not have penetrated or at least not so far they had to be dug out by the doctor.

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