Richmond School defends uniform policy after complaints from parents

Richmond School.

Richmond School has defended its uniform policy following complaints from parents about a requirement to use a specific supplier.

The school has told parents they need to buy skirts and trousers with the school’s logo on from on-line company Schoolshop.

The skirts and trousers with the logo have become compulsory from the start of the current term.

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The trousers cost between £15 and £18.50, while the skirts are being sold for between £12.50 and £17.

There is also a delivery charge of £3.95 on all orders under £47.

However, some parents have refused and have sent their children to school in uniform without the logos on, which can be bought for less than half the price at some supermarkets.

Parents of children attending the secondary school say their children have been told they will be placed in isolation if they are not wearing the correct items by the end of next week.

One parent, Paul Hanratty, said: “My son has come home today and been told he must have the correct logo trousers by next Friday or he will go into isolation.

“Does anybody else have an issue with this as I will be ringing the school tomorrow. My son is not being punished for my actions.”

Richmond School says it has worked closely with the manufacturer to ensure the trousers and skirts are of a high quality.

But some parents have questioned the quality of the uniform supplied by the school’s chosen partner.

In a statement issued today, the school said: “Richmond School has made a slight amendment to its uniform policy following careful consideration, discussion and planning last academic year.

“We continue to support families’ needs regarding uniform, including offering financial support where needed.

“The vast majority of students have returned to school in the new uniform and look exceptionally smart.”

The uniform is supplied by York-based company NextGen Clothing Ltd.

Nobody from the company answered when Richmondshire Today called this morning and an email asking for a response to the criticism has not yet been replied to.

Richmond county councillor Stuart Parsons described the situation as “bizarre”.

He added: “You have the Government saying that parents should be able to purchase cheaper options and then the academies they are promoting forcing expensive ‘choices’ on parents.

“It seems that the supplier is unable to meet demand and is incapable of providing correct sizes and yet the pupils are punished – doesn’t seem fair to me.”

6 Comments

  1. I also disagree with the new uniform, it costs too much money and also the #new logo# on the skirts are absolutely disgusting for the price we have had to pay! I did contact the school and still waiting for the head teacher to ring me back! You can not see the school badge clearly you can not see the writing around the school badge, and it is a total different colour to the original badge!only If I could show you a photo , it’s a discrace this day and age having to buy uniform on line when the big supermarket are selling uniform half the price, plus uniform doesn’t last long or gets lost so you always have to buy more! I think the school should of picked a choice of shops or teamed up with the supermarkets for the choice and price of uniform and made fair allround! Can I just say the uniform is not made in this country as I took my daughters to the trailers it was that bad of a fitting

  2. https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-logo-madness-at-heysham-high-bay

    any academy that has anything other than a plain school uniform that can be bought on a budget are ripping off families. black, grey, navy blue are all easy items to find in blazers or skirts/trousers. Sew on badges need stitching – so if you must have a logo – provide a distinctive school tie at no cost. all schools by law academy or otherwise should be forced to stop logo branded uniform policies or colour streamed special blazers/skirts !

    Perhaps our local MP Rishi Sunak might be interested in standing up for a national debate and what is acceptable in non-fee paying schools?

  3. https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-logo-madness-at-heysham-high-bay

    any academy that has anything other than a plain school uniform that can be bought on a budget are ripping off families. black, grey, navy blue are all easy items to find in blazers or skirts/trousers. Sew on badges need stitching – so if you must have a logo – provide a distinctive school tie at no cost. all schools by law academy or otherwise should be forced to stop logo branded uniform policies or colour streamed special blazers/skirts !

    Perhaps our local MP Rishi Sunak might be interested in opening a national debate about uniform in non-fee paying schools. This issue of poor quality or ill-fitting clothing has been going on too long.

  4. My daughter started her first year at Richmond and the company who we were told we had to buy the uniform from has drastically let us down. We order weeks and weeks ago and they have had my money for that length of time too. Up to date they have supplied us with two pairs of trousers and a hooded PE sweater. I have11items Miamissing. They are not answering phone calls or emails and I have no idea when the other items are going to arrive. How ridiculous to insist we purchase from a company who cannot fulfill orders

  5. Almost all schools around the country are requiring pupils to now wear a specific uniform bought from specific suppliers. If parents don’t like it they can vote with their feet which is the only way they can. Are the parents who are complaining,j honestly suggesting that they have not paid a similar price for casual clothes for their children which inevitably go out of fashion and are not worn for approximately 32 weeks of the year?

  6. If theveryone school was a high street retailer they would be in breach of the unfair trading regulations which clearly states that it is unfair to put pressure on a person to enter into a finacial decision they would not normally make. Threading disciplinary action against your loved ones (ie. Your child) clearly falls into that description.

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