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YOU may be aware that Millthorpe School has decided to change its uniform to a blazer, shirt, tie and jumper combination.
The favoured option of the blazer includes only two blazers for the five years of school. This is ridiculous. I challenge any working person to wear a £29.99 blazer for 470 days (half a child’s secondary school life), work in it all day and, in order to keep the experiment, run around in it during lunchtime. Costings also only include two school ties in five years. This is not based on reality.
Secondly, the canvassing of parents’ opinions should be re-run. When the five options for the uniform were put to parents, including one to continue with the existing uniform, parents were told there would be a transitional period, giving parents full wear from any uniform already purchased.
Having passed the change to the blazer uniform, the school governors voted against a transitional period. One single parent I know will have to throw away £100-worth of uniform next summer after just three terms of wear.
A closer look at the results published suggests that only 32 per cent of all parents voted for a change.
Nick Enticknap, St James Croft, York.
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