A MUM was left furious after she discovered her son’s school had banned Kickers weeks after she spent £68 on a pair.
Taking to the discussion forum Mumsnet, the woman aired her anger about the “comfy shoe” ban.
The school had banned shoes with visible branding
“DS is starting secondary school next week,” she explained on the website.
“The school uniform regulations on the school website dictate that they wear black shoes (no trainer like shoes). Fine.”
The mum went on to say that she had bought her son a pair of Kickers as she wanted him to have “comfy” shoes that would last the entirety of the year.
Her previous experience with the “businessman” style shoes, she explained, was that they never lasted long especially when her son would play football at break time.
But it was when she spoke with one of her friends, that she discovered the school had banned the shoes because of their visible branding.
“This is not on the main school uniform web page which is what I checked to get his uniform but on a sub page for new Yr7s which I had read but only skimmed over the uniform bit as assumed it was the same as the main page,” the mum wrote.
“I spent £68 on shoes, which in my opinion are common school shoes, he may not now be able to wear.”
While some people on the forum agreed with the furious mum, others said that it would be her son that bears the brunt of the blame.
“Irrespective of whether the school is right or wrong with their policy, the problem is that the information WAS there, on the new joiners page,” one person wrote.
“It’s not the school’s fault you chose not to read it properly.”
“Please don’t just send your child in wearing them, he’s the one that will suffer the consequences of your inattention, and that’s not fair.
“Please don’t start your son’s high school journey being one of THOSE parents who think the rules don’t apply to them or look for excuses because they made a mistake!”
Meanwhile, parents are being stung for up to £3000 for childrens’ school uniforms despite a new law supposedly curbing costs.
The Education Act in April was meant to help but the Government are yet to publish guidance for schools.
It means many shopping this week for the autumn term are forking out for pricey trousers, blazers, skirts and PE gear that schools insist on.
Branded ranges can cost more than £100 for blazers and £65 for a full PE kit, compared to £10 or £20 for similar in the supermarkets.
In Bristol, full uniforms were found to come in at up to £300.
A spokesperson for The Children’s Society said: “Eye-watering prices have left struggling mums and dads having to make impossible choices between kitting out their children and paying for essentials like food and heating.
“As soon as the Government’s delayed guidance comes out, we want schools to make changes so uniforms are always affordable.”