After all the excitement of last Friday, and finding out what secondary school DD1 will start at this September, we’ve come down to earth with a bump.
We’ve been looking at her commute options, what this will mean for her various after school activities and how these changes will affect our family life in the new school year. The days of everyone doing everything together are coming to an end.
Then on Monday, a thick envelope from DD’s allocated school arrived, containing 19 different sheets of paper. Lots of these were forms that need filling out but there was plenty of information to absorb, including dates of social gatherings and induction days, along with two sides of an A4 sheet detailing the school’s uniform.
It seems the days of simply buying a multi pack of white shirts and a variety of mis-matched grey trousers from M&S are gone. The required shirts for this new school are not white, but ‘gold’. In other words they are yellow, but we do have the choice of ‘with or without’ the school crest.
The rest of the uniform is navy blue; blazer, jumper and skirt/ trousers and they sound quite strict about getting exactly the right style of everything.
Skirts have to be tailored and trousers must be strait legged and hemmed. Even the PE kit is very specific and includes a skort as well as shorts.
Certain items need to be embroidered with DDs initials. I had a bit of a panic at this point thinking that I would have to do this but it seems the uniform supplier will do it for a small fee. I would consider a large fee as long as it meant I didn’t have to do it and I’m pretty relieved that DDs initials don’t spell something embarrassing such as PIG, COW or BUM.
I have so many questions.Do we really need both a skort and shorts? How do you wash a blazer? And how many of everything do secondary schools need? Do year 7 girls prefer trousers or skirts? Do they normally get changed into other clothes after school, or stay in their uniform? And what colour are ‘natural ‘ tights?
I don’t want to email the school with a host of trivial questions as I’m sure they are extremely busy so it’s over to you guys.
Those of you who have children at secondary school already, can you help?