My kids’ school is making parents spend £10.50 on branded sweaters – I can’t afford it and it’s causing us misery

A mother has spoken out about her fury after her children’s school forced struggling parents to spend £10.50 on branded sweaters.

Marie Hodgson says Linthorpe Primary School’s uniform policies are causing “financial misery”.

Marie Hodgson spoke of her upset after her children's elementary school ordered parents to buy branded uniforms

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Marie Hodgson spoke of her upset after her children’s elementary school ordered parents to buy branded uniformsCredit: Diary of the Night

Under new Middlesbrough school rules, children must wear school-branded sweaters and PE tops, which are only available to buy from a single supplier at a cost of between £8.50 and £10.50 each.

The elementary school gave each of its students a free jumper and top each and introduced a payment plan to help.

But Marie, whose children Simon, seven, and James, eight, are headed to Linthorpe, told Teesside Live the measures were not enough.

“It will have an impact on my finances and next year they will withdraw support,” she said.

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“I have two children, but there are a lot of people at school who have more.

“The school says it’s to make kids look smarter, but they already look really smart in sweaters without logos.”

Marie claims that when she spoke to the school, she said she spent “£10,000” on the free jumpers.

“They could have spent more money on kids, on things like books,'” she said.

She is now refusing to buy any new uniforms unless strictly necessary.

“It’s going to cost a lot more to a lot of people at a time when it shouldn’t,” she said.

“I hope they realize their parents don’t want this and change their minds.”

In November, the government issued guidance on the cost of school uniforms that said principals should “keep branded items to a minimum.”

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The Department of Education’s guidance also advises that “schools need to ensure their uniform is affordable.”

Linthorpe Community Primary School was contacted for comment.

Linthorpe Community Primary School is subsidizing the kit, but Marie says it's too expensive to keep buying designer tops for Simon, seven, and James, eight.

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Linthorpe Community Primary School is subsidizing the kit, but Marie says it’s too expensive to keep buying designer tops for Simon, seven, and James, eight.Credit: Diary of the Night
She asked the director to reconsider

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She asked the director to reconsiderCredit: Diary of the Night

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