14:16 Friday 27 December 2013

Uniform costs top of the agenda for school chiefs

Written byROB SMYTH

A SOUTH Derbyshire school is set to offer financial support to parents who are struggling to pay for their child’s uniform.

Bosses at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, revealed that it would assist mums and dads who might be in need of ‘extra help or pointing in the right direction’.

Senior teachers made the offer ahead of a crackdown in the new year on standards of uniform at the school.

Acting head teacher Viv Sharples told the Mail: “Please be aware that a full check will be made on Monday, January 6, 2014 and we will call you if there are any problems.

“In cases of financial difficulties, please contact your child’s head of year for support.

“In particular, both boys’ and girls’ trousers should be standard school uniform, smart black trousers (no denim material, jeggings, chinos, studded trousers, leggings or tight fitting trousers).”

Uniform is one the areas in which the school is beginning to turn itself around following a turbulent 12 months.

Education watchdogs Ofsted placed the site in ‘special measures’ early this year after a range of issues were found with standards.

Mrs Sharples was placed in temporary charge and her efforts in turning around the school saw here handed the job until the end of the school year.

She spoke to the Mail about achievements in the new school and also moved to thank parents for their part.

She added: “Please accept my sincere thanks for the support you have given to your sons and daughters and to the school this year.

“The students’ achievements have been many and varied. Since September 278 students have had 100 per cent attendance, overall attendance figures have risen significantly, and 521 students have had no behaviour points at all.

“This would not have been possible without the support and encouragement you give. It is greatly appreciated.

“You know that I am completely committed to giving your sons and daughters the best possible education and I am moving things forward as fast as I can.

“I am always happy to hear your views and to resolve any outstanding concerns you may have in the new year.”

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