Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
All justified Mail-bashing aside it continues to amaze me that schools can still get their knickers twisted over non-issues like this. FFS - get on and teach!
It could be that schools are giving parents what they want. Parents now feel that choosing a school is as much an aspirational life-style decision as where they holiday, or what car they drive. If you aspire to private education but can't afford it you may choose an academy or specialist school that mimics the uniform-wearing, strict discipline ethos of the private sector.
If that's the case then you've got no right to go sad facing to the papers if its your kid breaking the rules and making the place look untidy.
Some of the governors at my husbands school wanted to start making a fuss over shaved heads and dyed hair but he managed to talk them out of it, he's not the good taste police.
I've no doubt that the usual vocal minority of parents will have nagged the Principal about this.
It disappoints me that a set of highly rated comprehensives (as they are in the area) can be so easily driven to compete over a no-mark vanity project like this.
Blazer of not, my kids are liable to offend certain parents standards of racial purity - thankfully we have laws about that kind of thing.
It helps that they appear to be smarter and more athletically gifted than some of the "purebloods".
Anyway, I'm wandering somewhet off topic, and sounding dangerously like some kind of psycho, so I'll await the next sadface (Hope It's John Terry).