The Mirror is reporting that a primary school has criticised ‘lazy’ parents who send their children into school unwashed and in dirty clothes.
…The strongly-worded condemnation of some families ‘parenting skills’ featured in the weekly news bulletin at St Michael’s Academy in Yeovil, Somerset.
It added that in modern Britain there is no excuse for the appearance of kids, who were arriving ‘in a pretty shocking state’.
The school, headed up by Judith Barret, currently has around 220 pupils aged between seven and 11 and was rated ‘good’ in the last Ofsted report in 2013.
It is understood the letter was sent home with children on Monday after teachers noticed the “shocking state” of some pupils.
The one-page rant says: “Unfortunately I have noticed an increasing number of children who are coming to school in a pretty shocking state.
“They are dirty, unkempt and not in appropriate school uniform, if in any uniform at all…
“There are also a lot of children who are getting themselves up in the morning and in to school as their parents are still in bed.
“In a country where there is plentiful running water and washing machines, and shops like Tesco offering entire school uniforms for £10, it is a pretty poor indictment of the parenting skills of some of our families.”
The letter, which also appears on the school website, thanks parents who send kids to school “looking clean and tidy and ready for the school week”.
It warns parents they will be contacted by staff if kids turn up next week without the correct look…
And many parents agreed with the school’s tough stance on ‘dirty’ uniforms.
Mum Katie Dibley said: “Two of my children attend this school and I’ve always had nothing but respect for the headteacher.
“She’s firm but fair. I think she’s great.”
…Zoe Taylor wrote: “I agree with the letter to be honest.
“It takes me a matter of seconds to lay out some clean clothes the night before and five minutes at most to give my son a wash and brush his teeth.
“I don’t understand why it should be so hard to get your child to school clean and smart. No excuse!”
But other parents accused the school of being “shallow” and “insulting the community”.
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These are strong and potentially inflammatory comments from the school but, as many parents seem to suggest, is this forthright approach one to be welcomed and applauded?
Or does it show unacceptable insensitivity to parents who are, in all likelihood, in very difficult circumstances?
Please give us your reactions and opinions in the comments or via Twitter…
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