A PARENT in Oswestry has been left angered after her child’s school brought in a new compulsory uniform she must foot the bill for.
The woman, who did not want to be named, must buy new school clothing for her children following The Marches School’s uniform change after converting to an academy. One child is currently at the school and another is due to start secondary school.
She said: “I now have perfectly good jumpers, trousers and PE kit at home which would have been used when my next child attends The Marches, which is now going to waste.
“The approximate cost of replacing these items is £110.
“They appear to have prioritised the school image over the needs of their students and families.”
According to the website The Marches School recommends parents purchase a sweater, tie, PE shorts and polo shirt.
Sarah Longville, headteacher at The Marches School, explained the new uniform was only implemented after a thorough consultation with parents and students.
“We fully appreciate and understand the financial strain many parents are facing and, therefore, ensured the change-over to the new uniform was a gradual process,” she said.
“We were overwhelmed by the extensive uptake over the 2012 Summer holidays, resulting in over three quarters of students making the change over to the new uniform by September.
“It was only after this positive reaction that the decision was made to make the new uniform compulsory from September 2013, giving parents a
12-month changeover period.”
Lakelands School in Ellesmere and Woodside Primary School became academies this year and have not introduced a new uniform for their pupils.
Following their merger, St Martins School is introducing a new uniform, but made the decision to gradually phase it in so that parents only buy uniforms when they are needed.