to think school should be clearer with their uniform policy in the first place?

(42 Posts)
Freddiefrog Sun 17-Nov-13 14:49:06

Uniform policy: Trousers must be black. No jeans, jean type, combat type, flared, ‘skinny’ or leggings

So I bought these: www.bhs.co.uk/en/bhuk/product/children-1739685/senior-girls-school-11-16-2195647/tammy-black-four-button-trouser-2042856?bi=1&ps=40 (they're also a much looser fit on my DD than they are in the pic)

She wore them for the first time Friday and was told they weren't in line with uniform policy and if she wasn't in school in the right trousers on Monday then she would either be sent home to change or taught in isolation.

Black - yep.
Not skinny, flared, jeans, leggings, jean-type or combat type - as far as I can see, none of those

What's wrong with those? Did they say?

ilovesooty Sun 17-Nov-13 14:52:54

Has the school explained what's wrong with them? I can only imagine they're classified as skinny.

Freddiefrog Sun 17-Nov-13 14:53:22

No idea, they didn't specify. They just told DD that they were the incorrect style.

I'm guessing they want all the girls in boot-cut type trousers.

Blu Sun 17-Nov-13 14:54:01

Is it the buttons?
I would try and find out exactly how they are not acceptable.

TidyDancer Sun 17-Nov-13 14:54:56

I bet you they think they are too tight. Straight leg trousers sometimes look like skinny leg ones. I personally see nothing wrong with the trousers, but I suspect that's where the school are coming from.

Hawkmoon269 Sun 17-Nov-13 14:59:57

And this is why a proper uniform is the way forward. Specific items from a specific supplier.

To be fair, those trousers do sort of fit the school's description. But at the same time they don't look very... uniformy?! Maybe it's the cut and buttons?

Freddiefrog Sun 17-Nov-13 15:00:39

They're fairly straight, but not skinny in the slightest. DD's school shoes are the same style of brogues as the model in the picture and the bottoms of the trousers cover half of the laces.

I suspect they want all girls in bootcut-type trousers, which is fine, but they should say so in the uniform policy.

We bought those trousers because they weren't skinny, flared, jeans, leggings, etc. As far as could see, they fit with my daughter's taste, and their policy. If they want a specific style, they should say so, not turn it into a vague guessing game

Freddiefrog Sun 17-Nov-13 15:02:13

with the buttons, they're not actually visible. She has to wear a blazer at all times which comes just past her bottom

sooperdooper Sun 17-Nov-13 15:02:59

I think they're being ridiculous, they look fine! I'd want to know exactly what was wrong with them in case they decide the next pair you get are 'wrong' too

Some bootcuts can look pretty flared though. The policy is vague

bigbrick Sun 17-Nov-13 15:04:33

the trousers look fine. Boot leg could be classed as flare if they think your trousers are "skinny". See what they say exactly

nickelbabe Sun 17-Nov-13 15:10:58

I think tjose troisers look very smart and school uniform style.

I would have to pull them up onnthis - the policy states clearly what she canmt wear, and these aren't onnthat list.

knobheads

JinglingRexManningDay Sun 17-Nov-13 15:15:56

I think what a few schools mean is wear nothing that could be construed as trendy. Hickey looking trousers and shoes only.

Blu Sun 17-Nov-13 15:17:30

I think they look fine, too.

Are they jersey material and look like jogging bottoms when the waist isn't visible?

They look as if they are made to be school / smart trousers from the photo.

I would e mail the pic to Head of year or tutor and ask for specific reasons why they are not OK so that you don't fall into the same trap again.

Idespair Sun 17-Nov-13 15:21:04

I think it's probably the look at the ankle that the school object to.
They are BU though because the trousers look perfectly acceptable to me, the are meant for school and they don't breach any part of the policy.
I'd send her in some that are wider at the ankle but letter to head with printout of trousers from web page. They are from BHS, it's not Top Shop or a teen fashion store.
School should include a specific pair of trousers from a specific store as an example of what's ok if they are going to be this ridiculous.

SoupDragon Sun 17-Nov-13 15:25:01

I reckon they are considered too tight.

intitgrand Mon 18-Nov-13 09:09:07

I would email the school the link and ask them what their beef is

CoffeeTea103 Mon 18-Nov-13 09:26:05

I think it's the buttons and does look a bit tight. They should provide examples of what they require.

Joysmum Mon 18-Nov-13 09:46:23

You need to have this conversation with the school. Personally, I buy 5 pairs of school trousers and if they were deemed unsuitable that's a lot of money for me to lose.

lljkk Mon 18-Nov-13 09:48:43

Please tell us what the school said.
I think "policy" is now my least favourite modern word.

SlicedLemon Mon 18-Nov-13 09:57:14

I would be contacting the school to ask what the problem is exactly.

Whatisaweekend Mon 18-Nov-13 10:00:06

But they can't be after boot cut trousers because the policy says no flared! I think the trousers look perfect for school. Maybe it's the buttons ?<grasps at straws>. I think you need to ask them specifically what is wrong with them.

noblegiraffe Mon 18-Nov-13 10:01:49

They wouldn't be allowed at my school, our code says no fashion trousers, which is obviously what the OP's school is aiming for, but not clearly enough.

celestialsquirrels Mon 18-Nov-13 10:03:23

I think they are very smart. I would write a letter to the head with a print out from the website and a print out of the policy and say "on a purely objective basis these trousers are neither X nor Y nor Z and therefore appear to comply with your policy. If you are going to arbitrarily object to trousers that meet the policy but you, or individual members of staff just don't subjectively like the look of, may I suggest that you consider specifying a particular cut and brand of trouser as part of the uniform policy. Until you do so, my daughter will be wearing these trousers to school."

Silly idiots.

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