More than 100 parents have signed a petition after a school told them they will have to buy their children new uniforms for September. Longhill High School in Rottingdean says the new uniform will be smarter and help improve standards.
But parents have reacted with anger after being told they will have to fork out for a new “gender-neutral uniform” comprising a navy blue blazer, tie, grey trousers and PE kit to be bought from the school’s supplier.WTAF...?
The petition says: “Against most parents’ wishes, the school are implementing a compulsory change of uniform with only the shirts able to be bought from any store.
“Many parents have already paid for the current, compulsory uniform, only available through the nominated supplier in the region of £150 for the year.
“No feasible explanation has been given for the change other than to ‘improve standards’.”Now, I'm all for uniforms in schools, and I usually have little time for parents who whinge about them...but this is absurd!
They've bought the uniform you recommended, they can't be expected to fork out more money for some whim.
But school bosses said the current uniform was frequently criticised by parents of pupils and of prospective Year 7 entrants.
In a letter to parents, headteacher Kate Williams said: “We are committed to raising standards at Longhill and part of this is the improvement of the current standard of uniform. We are working hard to ensure we will have a cost-effective smart uniform that will be followed consistently by all.”
She added: "We believe that a uniform promotes and inspires pride and commitment to something greater than oneself. Longhill High school is on a journey of improvement and this is just one small part of the journey.
"We very much appreciate the support of the vast majority of parents in our drive to carry on improving standards at Longhill."PARKLIFE!
It comes following a consultation on uniform last year in which parents’ biggest concern was cost.Can teachers so dim really impart anything to their charges?