Mum’s uniform costs struggle

Minsthorpe Community College head teacher John Gregory
Minsthorpe Community College head teacher John Gregory

A MUM-of-three is fighting for changes to the costs of school uniforms after having to fork out hundreds of pounds to kit her children out in the required clothing.

Elizabeth Horsfall, 34, of Broadway, South Elmsall, said it could cost £200 to clothe her children in blazers, trousers, shirts, tie, and PE kit.

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Minsthorpe Community College, Minsthorpe, West Yorkshire.''Emily Mason with mum Carol, from South Elmsall. Emily was kicked out of school for dying her hair an auburn. She was told by Minsthorpe Community College to not return until her hair was it's original colour.

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Minsthorpe Community College, Minsthorpe, West Yorkshire.''Emily Mason with mum Carol, from South Elmsall. Emily was kicked out of school for dying her hair an auburn. She was told by Minsthorpe Community College to not return until her hair was it's original colour.

She said: “Uniforms are extortionate. I am a full-time mum and my partner works so we consider ourselves lucky but we still struggle to buy everything.

“With three kids I have to pick and choose what they are in desperate need of instead of what they could actually do with.”

She said she understood the importance for the schools to have an identity, but said they needed to understand families couldn’t afford it

Mrs Horsfall, whose two sons Jack, 14, and Harry, 12, attend Minsthorpe Community College, said: “Schools know it is an underprivileged area and should take that into consideration.”

She buys her two sons’ blazers and daywear from supermarkets and sews on the badges but said there was cost cutting when it came to PE kit.

She said: “The school requires a tracksuit top and bottoms, rugby shirt, PE shirt and socks to buy, all with the school’s logo, which would cost in the region of £60 per child, but it would be more cost effective if pupils could just wear a plain navy tracksuit which could be purchased from cheap sports shops.”

Her five-year-old daughter Emma, attends Carlton J&I school and said it was much more relaxed regarding uniform which made it easier on their budget.

John Gregory, principal at Minsthorpe Community College, said: “Plain black trousers, plain white shirt, plain black shoes and plain black blazer can be purchased from any retailer.

“College badges for blazer are one pound.

“We understand the pressures which a ‘few’ parents have which is why we keep our uniform simple and widely available from a wide range of high street retailers.”