A mum has slammed a school’s strict school uniform policy saying official trousers are “completely overpriced”.
Lee-Ann Cordingley was shocked when a memo from her son’s school said all children needed branded trousers – and even which shops they had to be bought from.
And to matters worse, the only trousers which pupils are allowed to wear cost £16 a pair, and parents have been told they can’t buy cheaper pairs and sew the logo on themselves.
The school’s strict instructions say the small crest on the trousers is embroidered at the top of the left leg.
Mrs Cordingly, whose child attends the National Academy, in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, said: “This is ludicrous for some families who might have two or three children to buy two or three pairs each for.
“They’re really strict with their uniform policy, and I don’t think they’ve been particularly polite with how they’ve told the parents – they’ve just made it sound like everyone’s going to be in trouble.
“My husband and I don’t see any point in having these logos, and apart from anything else they have to wear their blazers at all times, which covers up the logos anyway.
“Even if we buy trousers from somewhere like Marks and Spencer or Debenhams, you can get two decent pairs for £15 that are perfectly acceptable.
“These just seem completely overpriced.
“When you add in all the sports equipment, the rugby boots, the AstroTurf boots, it all costs a lot.
“We’re definitely not the only parents that are feeling like this, one parent even wrote to the school and they were very dismissive.”
A letter from the school sent out to parents said that any “non-regulation trousers, even if they have the embroidered academy logo, will not be accepted.”
According to the school’s uniform policy, boys must wear: a navy blue blazer with academy badge; a pale blue shirt (long or short sleeves); a clip-on academy tie; branded black trousers; and plain black polishable shoes (not plimsolls, canvas trainers or boots).
For PE, all children are told to bring: navy/sky reversible rugby shirt with academy logo; navy jogging bottoms with academy logo; navy/sky sports socks; navy/sky/white shorts with academy logo; navy/sky/white polo shirt with academy logo; trainers; football boots; a gum shield; and shin pads.
A wind-proof jacket is optional.
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, which runs the academy, said: “It is down to each individual academy to set its own uniform policy, we do not get involved in these matters.”