My son’s school is forcing parents to spend £10.50 on branded jumpers – I can’t afford it and it’s causing us misery
A mum has told of her fury after her sons’ school forced hardened parents to spend £10.50 on designer jumpers.
Marie Hodgson says Linthorpe Primary School’s uniform policies are causing “financial misery”.
Under new Middlesbrough School rules, children must wear school-branded PE jumpers and tops, which can only be purchased from one supplier at a cost of between £8.50 and £10 £.50 each.
The primary gave each of its students a free sweater and top each and introduced a payment plan to help.
But Marie, whose sons Simon, seven, and James, eight, go to Linthorpe, told Teesside Live the measures were not enough.
“It will impact my finances and then next year they will take the support away from me,” she said.
“I have two children, but there are a lot of people at school who have more.
“The school says it’s to make the kids look smarter, but they already look really smart in sweaters without a logo.”
Marie claims that when she spoke to the school, they told her she had spent “£10,000” on free jumpers.
“They could have spent more money on the kids, on things like books,” she said.
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She now refuses to buy a new uniform unless it is strictly necessary.
“It’s going to cost a lot more people a lot more at a time when it shouldn’t,” she said.
“I hope they realize their parents don’t want this and change their minds.”
In November, the government issued guidance on the costs of school uniforms that said headteachers should “minimize branded items”.
Guidance from the Department for Education also advises that “schools should ensure their uniform is affordable”.
Linthorpe Community Primary School declined to comment.
However, the school has told parents that only pullovers or cardigans and PE shirts should be marked.
All other clothing items can be purchased elsewhere.
It has also launched a ‘pre-loved’ uniform sale, where mums and dads can buy second-hand clothes for £1 per item, and says parents can apply for additional financial support if needed.