Ok I need to vent a bit about uniforms.
Today I was charged £268 for 1 blazer, 1 skirt, 2 shirts, 1 jumper,1 overall, 2 polo shirts, 1 pair of shorts, 1 skort and 1 tracksuit. This was supposedly after a 10% discount and I still have to buy other things.
This is an outrageous price which I could well do without as I have just lost my job. What if I were on benefits? I thought the days when grammar school places were out of reach because of the cost of uniform were the stuff of history, but now I'm not so sure.
And a lot of the expense comes because simple items with no school badge, such as the shorts and skort (why, incidentally, do they need both?) have to be embroidered, which the uniform suppliers do (at a price). So all my plans to buy those items more cheaply elsewhere were sabotaged, as I have no doubt that hand-embroidered initials would mark my DD out for nasty comments.
And on the subject of uniforms, I find it amazing that my DD is going to go though her entire school career with no option to wear trousers. In this day and age women wear trousers in the City, at court and in the armed forces. Yet at many schools, state and independent, they dress as if it were 1953! What a strange message to send girls. At my secondary school in the late 70s/early 80s, which was in other ways very traditional, we were allowed trousers or skirts. And incidentally, the only uniform items were blouses and skirts, a blazer and games skirt, top and sweatshirt. Anything else such as jumpers and trousers just had to be within the guidelines.
Ok, feeling slightly better after getting that off my chest (but still a lot