A FATHER-of-five said it is ‘wrong’ that there is only one shop where parents can buy a school jumper from for Pingle School in Swadlincote.
Simon Eaton, of Valley Rise, contacted the Mail to express his dismay that he could not buy the jumper with the school logo on it for his 13-year-old son Jack from any other shop but Pupils Schoolwear.
He said: “My son goes to Pingle School and you have to buy the school jumper with the label on but the only place you can get them is Pupils Schoolwear in Swadlincote.
“I went to Burton and a shop there called Ellis Schoolwear stock every school in the district.
“I think it’s wrong. I feel we are being forced to go to one shop.”
He had originally planned on buying a jumper without the logo from Asda as they are similar in price.
However, the school have now provided Jack with a jumper.
Mr Eaton said: “I rang the school and they told me there is only one supplier. I told them that was wrong and they should allow other people to sell it. They said they would look into it as a lot of other people have not been able to get it.”
Vivien Sharples, acting headteacher at the school on Coronation Street said: “The head and governors want to ensure parents and carers have value for money when purchasing the school uniform.
“As such we engaged the services of a second supplier of the school jumpers but unfortunately it went out of business.
“The only uniform item that needs to be purchased from Pupil Schoolwear is the jumper.
“Other items can be purchased from other retailers including the supermarket chains.”
She added that pupils can wear the old school sweatshirt if they prefer and the new school jumper is available in two qualities to suit a range of budgets.
She added: “The school is mindful of concerns from parents and carers and is always willing to listen to the views expressed.”