Uniform concerns

York Press: . .

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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10:58am Mon 30 Dec 13

jef123 says...

I totally agree with Mr. Enticknap's letter concerning the new Millthorpe school uniform (26th December). The current uniform is practical, presentable, comfortable and easy to look after. As well as the costings being totally skewed in favour of the new uniform and no mention as how the current one is unisex and can therefore be passed down through the family, the options in the survey were heavily biased towards a change where one option was no change and then there were 4 option choices to choose a uniform. A fairer way to decide would have been to send an initial survey out to see if parents wanted a change at all. Surely in our democratic society a change should take place only if the majority so wish it. It sounds to me as if the decision had already been made before the survey had been sent out. At the very least, the decision for a transitional change in the uniform should be upheld by the school governors.
Julie Farrow,
Bewlay Street
I totally agree with Mr. Enticknap's letter concerning the new Millthorpe school uniform (26th December). The current uniform is practical, presentable, comfortable and easy to look after. As well as the costings being totally skewed in favour of the new uniform and no mention as how the current one is unisex and can therefore be passed down through the family, the options in the survey were heavily biased towards a change where one option was no change and then there were 4 option choices to choose a uniform. A fairer way to decide would have been to send an initial survey out to see if parents wanted a change at all. Surely in our democratic society a change should take place only if the majority so wish it. It sounds to me as if the decision had already been made before the survey had been sent out. At the very least, the decision for a transitional change in the uniform should be upheld by the school governors. Julie Farrow, Bewlay Street jef123

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