parents call for re-think over school clothing supplier
of students at Highbridge's King Alfred School have launched a
campaign to seek cheaper, better quality uniforms.
parents have set up the campaign to encourage the school to look
into getting a new supplier for its school uniforms.
Parent Julie Harris told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The current
supplier provides a pair of shirts with logo at either £14.75
or £17.75 + vat for boys or £16.99 or £17.99
+ vat for girls depending on size."
jumpers are not compulsory there is no alternative to those supplied
from the company with the logo, meaning the school jumpers are
worn or nothing which is not ideal in winter, costing up to £15.40
+ vat. The PE kit tops are also compulsory through the website."
Julie added: "Parents have complained that the quality of
clothing is poor and not value for money. As Burnham-On-Sea and
surrounding areas are not affluent, parents are finding it increasingly
difficulty to find the money for these items, especially when
they may not last very long."
affected include those on low incomes, parents of two or more
children at the school, single parents and those children with
disabilities or children in care. Government guidance states that
school uniform most be value for money and affordable to all.
It most not be a reason that children can not attend school."
do not like that this one company has a monopoly in return for
the poor quality uniform. We understand that the school has a
uniform that includes a logo on the shirts, jumpers and PE kit
but when the quality is poor, the cost is high and there is only
one supplier parents are likely to get upset."
would be happy if there could buy 'sew on' logos cheaply so that
they could be used with conjunction with shirts brought from another
source such as a local supermarket that can be brought from £5.50
for a pair."
Alfred School head teacher Denise Hurr told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I am happy to meet with a representative group of parents
in the new academic year to review the school uniform content,
quality, provider and cost. I look forward to working with the
community to find a positive way forward."