A HEADTEACHER has defended new uniform rules after concerns were raised by parents.

Wolsingham school is introducing new uniform at the start of the new academic year, with the schools badge on the the trousers and skirts.

But some parents are arguing that it would be cheaper to buy badges and sow them onto clothes they have bought themselves.

This is an increasing trend with several schools following suit, such as Richmond school in North Yorkshire.

It is claimed that the total cost of the average uniform including the PE kit comes to about £130.

If students don't have this uniform it is alleged that they can be punished with isolation.

Some parents are questioning the punishment for something that does not distract from work.

The Department of Education has stated: "Our guidance states that schools should prioritise cost when setting uniform policies, including making sure uniforms are easily available at different outlets, and keeping compulsory branded items to a minimum.''

Head teacher of Wolsingham School Jonathan Ferstenberg said: "The school feels it is very important to maintain high standards and a smart uniform sets the right tone. We have always had standardised blazers with school logos and clear guidelines for skirts and trousers. However, some students were wearing skirts and trousers that did not fit our guidelines and did not look professional. This meant teachers were having to discuss uniform with some students, when our discussions should really focus on teaching and learning and students' wellbeing,"

He went on to say:"We therefore introduced standardised trousers and skirts with the school logo. These do cost more than skirts and trousers from the high street or supermarkets so we researched the main school suppliers, choosing the one that gave us the lowest price. In addition, the School has introduced a bursary scheme for those parents in receipt of certain benefits in order to subsidise the cost of uniform. A parent mentioned the idea of a clothing exchange last week and it seems a very good idea so we have already started researching how we might implement that."

Some people have complained about the sizing in multiple school uniform providers and have had to alter them because they do not conform with normal high street sizes. One parent said she had to alter the leg size for her daughter.

Some schools are asking for donations of school uniforms to use in exchanges. School uniform banks are increasing in popularity, these are usually run by foodbanks and other charities to help cover the costs of uniform for families who are struggling to afford them.

Influence church ran three school uniform banks over the summer, one in Richmond, one in Barnard Castle and one in Bishop Auckland.

They provided 270 children with uniforms.

Suz Gregory, the community manager at StoreHouse influence church, said: "When buying uniform parents want more than one pair of trousers and the cost adds up there are some trousers with Richmond school logos that have been donated to the uniform bank"