Friday, 13 November 2009

What the blazers?!

No, not a typing error, but a rant about blazers.

Now my daughter has reached the dizzy heights of Year 1 she has to wear a blazer. Not a simple blazer from M&S. No, a £50 embroidered and gold braid edged blazer from the school outfitters, Messrs Got You Over a Barrel & Co. (I think I've mentioned them before)

So what do we do with this blazer?

Well, every morning I put it in a bag and take it to school (because she is wearing her official school coat embroidered with the school crest) and she hangs it on her peg.

At the end of the day I pick daughter up and we take her blazer from the peg, put it in a bag and carry it back to the car.

Why did I spend £50 on a blazer that is now just an extra bag to carry?


Heather said...

Insane. It is all completely insane. I have no other words.

Maggie May said...

I think that is very wrong for shops to force parents into buying expensive blazers.
They could give the option of a cheap version with a separate badge that you could buy and stitch on.

Nuts in May

Kelloggsville said...

gee-whizz I hope she doesn't grow fast or you bought it extra big. Is all uniform compulsory at the school? I would head up the rebellion!!

rosiescribble said...

Seems crazy. My daughter is in Year 2. Only today she managed to spill paint and ketchup down the whole of her uniform. Thankfully, she does not require an expensive blazer!

Claire said...

Madness, why do the school have two official coats? Can't you just pick either the school coat or the blazer instead of having to have both?

Sounds like whoever decides on the uniform code may be getting a back hander from the uniform shop!

Working Mum said...

Maggie - that's private schools for you; uniform only available from official school outfitters, only one choice and ridiculous prices. Luckily, the PTA do a second hand uniform sale every half term and I have got lots of daughter's uniform from there at a fraction of the original cost.

Kelloggsville - Yes, I bought extra big!! There is a very long list of compulsory uniform and the blazer is on that list along with the school PE kit, the school jogging suit, the school swimsuit, etc, etc. I think part of the problem is that some parents see the school uniform (and its astronomical cost) as a status symbol, or the very least a consequence of sending your child to a private school, so they don't rebel. Also, the school would not allow a variety of styles and qualities of uniform as it would affect how the school is perceived from the outside. Hence, expensive unifom is the norm.

Rosie Scribble - at least if my daughter doesn't actually wear the blazer, she can't spill things on it! Thanks for the silver lining!

Claire - the blazer is compulsory, but the coat isn't. However, the coat is only £25 and is warm and fleecy on the inside and waterproof on the outside, so I thought that was good value. The blazer, however, is not! The blazer is a status symbol for the school and the governors are very protective of it so it stays.

Polly said...

Its the same here too and one of the things I do not look forward to when we send Oliver to school