Complaint on coat rule at academy
ANOTHER parent has complained about the uniform policy at Tollbar Academy.
Although parents were informed in May that, from last month, only black coats would be considered as acceptable uniform, a father has contacted the Telegraph to criticise the policy.
It follows last week's announcement that, from January, female students at the Station Road school would not be allowed to wear skirts.
The parent, who did not wish to be named, said: "I have just bought my child a bright coat so that he could be seen when walking to school near what is a very busy road.
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"But then we are told that the students are only allowed to wear dull, black coats, so I will have to spend £60 on a new coat. It is ridiculous."
In response, Steve Moon, principal of Tollbar Academy, said: "In order to give advance notice for the new academic year, parents were informed at the end of May that only black coats would be acceptable uniform from September.
"Over the years, hardly any of our students have worn brightly coloured coats and most have worn a range of dark coloured coats and jackets.
"This policy was introduced to bring in a uniformity in coats, and parents have the flexibility to buy a coat from any supplier in order to keep the costs down.
"In terms of safety, we will continue to write to parents prior to the autumn half-term break each year encouraging them to ensure that their children wear a reflective item.
"Students can wear black coats with reflective strips, and many students have bags which are reflective.
"Last year, we issued all Year 7 and 8 students with reflective and flashing armbands."