My sons' school is making parents spend £10.50 on branded jumpers – I can’t afford to pay & it's causing us misery | The Sun
A MUM has told of her fury after her sons' school forced hard-up parents to spend £10.50 on branded jumpers.
Marie Hodgson says Linthorpe Primary School's uniform policies are causing "financial misery".
Under the Middlesbrough school's new rules, kids must wear school-branded jumpers and PE tops, which are only available to buy from a single supplier at a cost of between £8.50 and £10.50 each.
The primary has given each of its pupils one free jumper and one 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 aren’t enough.
"It will have an impact on my finances, and then next year they will take the support away," she said.
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"I have two children, but there are a lot of people at the school that have more.
"The school says it is to make the children look smarter but they look very smart already with jumpers with no logos on."
Marie claims that when she spoke to the school, it told her it had spent "£10,000" on the free jumpers.
"They could’ve spent more money on kids, on things like books,’" she said.
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She is now refusing to purchase any new uniform unless strictly necessary.
"It’s going to cost a lot more for many people at a time when it shouldn’t," she said.
"I hope they realise their parents don’t want this and change their minds."
In November, the Government published guidance on school uniform costs that states headteachers should "keep branded items to a minimum".
The guidance from the Department for Education also advises ‘"schools need to ensure that their uniform is affordable".
Linthorpe Community Primary School has declined to comment.
However, the school told parents that only jumpers or cardigans and PE shirts must be branded.
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All other clothing items can be bought elsewhere.
It has also launched a 'pre-loved' uniform sale, where mums and dads can buy second-hand pieces of clothing for £1 per item, and says parents can apply for additional financial support if needed.
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