Normally it is teachers telling-off students for misbehaving, but a school in Somerset has turned the tables to parents
The headteacher of St Michael’s Academy in Yeovil has written to mums and dads calling them ‘lazy’ for sending their children to school unwashed and in dirty clothes.
A letter has been sent home condemning the ‘parenting skills’ of some families and said there was no excuse for the appearance of their children.
A note posted on the school’s website claims that some pupils are arriving ‘unkempt and not in appropriate school uniform’.
Headteacher Judith Barrett writes: “Unfortunately I have noticed an increasing number of children who are coming to school in a pretty shocking state.
“They are dirty, unkempt and not in appropriate school uniform, if in any uniform at all.
“Today, being that it is a Monday, quite a few have returned to school in dirty clothes and obviously haven’t had a shower in readiness for Monday morning.”
The head’s letter says many children are getting themselves up in the morning and into school “as their parents are still in bed”.
It goes on to say: “In a country where there is plentiful running water and washing machines, and shops like Tesco offering entire school uniforms for £10, it is a pretty poor indictment of the parenting skills of some of our families.”
The letter ends with a warning to parents that the school will start to phone the parents of those who arrive at school not wearing the correct uniform.
The academy has about 220 pupils aged seven to 11.
Many parents seem to agree with the school’s stance with one parent saying: “Two of my children attend this school and I’ve always had nothing but respect for the headteacher.
“She’s firm but fair. I think she’s great.”
Another added: “Well said and parents should make more of an effort, after all they are YOUR kids!!! You choose to have them, so look after them!!!”
According to a survey released earlier this month, more families are spending money they don’t really have.
A report by insurer Aviva, found the average family has £13,520 of personal debt, up sharply from £9,520 last summer.
This latest figure is the highest since summer 2013, when the average family owed £16,300.
For more information on dealing with debt contact: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.