Fleetwood headteacher backs uniform rules

Fleetwood High School headteacher, Richard Barnes.
Fleetwood High School headteacher, Richard Barnes.

Fleetwood High School’s head teacher has backed government guidelines to keep school uniform costs down to help hard-pressed families.

Richard Barnes said Fleetwood High, in line with the new guidance, already avoided specially-branded uniforms when it came to shirts, trousers and sports wear.

However, he said the school insisted on pupils wearing a badged blazer and special tie as these were deemed important to the ethos of the school.

He was speaking after David Laws, the Schools Minister, said clothing costs were frequently “unnecessarily high” when household budgets were being squeezed in the difficult financial climate.

Research says the average family with two children spends £450 on uniforms, coats and bags, increasing by more than 40 per cent in two years. Current school admissions rules in England already make schools legally obliged not discriminate against less well off pupils.

Mr Barnes told the Weekly News: “We do believe in high standards of uniform to reinforce the positive ethos and the culture of learning within the school. However, with the exception of the blazer and tie, the school accepts all aspects of the uniform can be bought at any retail outlet and at a cheap price. In cases of serious financial difficulty we try to support families.”