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Parents told “no pyjamas on school run”

Getting your children up and to school on time can be stressful for many parents


But a primary school headteacher in Darlington has told mums and dads to stop dropping their kids off in their pyjamas.

Head Kate Chisholm from Skerne Park Academy wrote a letter asking for parents to be dressed and washed when they carry out the school run.

In the letter she said: “I have noticed there has been an increasing tendency for parents to escort children to and from school while still wearing their pyjamas and, on occasion, even slippers.

“Could I please ask that when you are escorting your children, you take the time to dress appropriately in day wear that is suitable for the weather conditions.”

Ms Chisholm has defended her decision saying the aim is to help set a good example for youngsters.

Dad-of-four Phil Naylor, thinks the move is the right one: “We all support the school and I hope this helps get the message across to parents.

“It’s disgraceful, we should be guiding our children not giving them bad habits.”

It is understood the letter was sent out after many parents wore pyjamas to the Christmas show and to recent parents’ evenings.

Ms Chisolm continued: “We are trying to raise standards and get better outcomes for the children and we noticed a lot of the parents are turning up to school as well as meetings and assemblies wearing pyjamas.

“If we’re to raise standards it’s not too much to ask parents to have a wash and get dressed.

“I have had loads of support from the community and people saying it’s about time something was done. I have had far more positive responses than negative.

Last week a headteacher in Somerset wrote to parents complaining of the “dirty and unkempt” state of children.

Judith Barrett, principal of St Michael’s Academy in Yeovil, called mums and dads lazy for sending their kids into school “in a pretty shocking state”.

The letter ends with a warning that she will personally call the homes of those who arrive not wearing the correct uniform.

In February last year, a report by the Children’s Society claimed families are being left in debt or have been forced to cut back on basics to meet the cost of school uniforms.

A poll of around 1,000 parents found that 95 per cent thought school uniform costs were “unreasonable”.

On average parents spend £316 a year for a child at a state secondary school, and £251 for a pupil at a state primary.

The study said that one of the main reasons for the increase in family debt was school policies which mean that some items have to be brought from specialist shops.

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