Marie has to spend almost 12 euros per brand sweater provided by the school. This new measure is for her a source of “financial misery”, as related by the Sun.
And for good reason, the reasons for this investment are purely and simply aesthetic, which makes Marie green with rage. Under new Middlesbrough school rules, children must wear school-branded sweaters and sports tops, which are only available from one supplier.
The elementary school gave each of its students a free sweater and top and set up a payment plan to help fund the rest. Marie has two children (Simon, seven years old, and James, eight years old) and therefore has to spend everything twice, at least for a mark on a sweater.
“It will impact my finances, and next year they will cut the aid,” she said. “I have two children, but there are a lot of people at school who have more. The school says it’s to make the kids look smarter, but they already look really smart in their no-logo sweaters. »
Marie got in touch with the school, which has already invested nearly £10,000 in sweaters. “They could have spent more money on the children, on things like books.” She now refuses to buy any new uniforms unless strictly necessary.
“It’s going to cost a lot more people a lot more at a time when it shouldn’t be.” Indeed, Brexit obliges and war in Ukraine on top, no country is spared by the rise in prices.
The school has launched a second-hand uniform sale, where parents can buy second-hand clothes for £1 per item, and says parents can apply for additional financial support if needed.