A NORTH EAST school has divided opinion after asking parents to "dress appropriately" and to stop dropping off their children in dressing gowns.

Ayresome Primary School reportedly told parents that they should wear sensible attire at drop-off and collection earlier this week.

The school, which is on Worcester Street, is understood to have said the rules will apply to those entering the school yard.

But on social media, hundreds of parents and guardians were left divided - although an overwhelming majority appeared to support the school's message.

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In support, Katie Cook said: "I'm not surprised, to be fair (it) amazes me how people go to the supermarket – (I) completely agree with the school having standards, no excuse."

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Andrew Quinn said: "I'll never understand why people don't make time to get dressed before taking children to school.

"Have some self-respect, not just for yourself but for your children so they'll grow up having the same respect."

Gemma Louise Pritchard, who suggested that it did not set a good example to children, did not appear to support the move.

'Who are we to judge'

But not everyone was convinced and supported the school's decision, with some saying they were focused on getting their child to school on time.

Dawn Wilson said she believed it "did not really matter" what parents wear as long their children are punctual.

She said: "Does it really matter what parents wear to drop kids off, as long as kids are dressed appropriately for school and on time.

"Who are we to judge why the parent isn't dressed appropriately."

Claire Gail added: "As a teacher, I am happy they are taking their children to school and keeping them safe."

It comes as a Darlington school received backlash for making the same announcement, asking parents to avoid wearing pyjamas five years ago.

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Darlington’s Skerne Park Academy was at the centre of a national debate after parents said wearing pyjamas had no impact on their child’s education.

At the time, parents said they had been more focused on getting their child to school on time, rather than ensuring they meet a dress code.

The Northern Echo has contacted Ayresome Primary School for comment.

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