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Thursday, 23 August 2012


This is not a debate about the rights or wrongs of a school uniform policy: it is about showing commonsense and empathy at a time when parental budgets are squeezed in every direction.
The new Holland Park School is opening soon. It will be well over budget at £100 million and will add not ONE extra place. It cuts right across the Government's guidelines on school construction costs and the Mayor's diktat on not flogging off playing fields. But none of these paltry things matter if it paves the way to Pooter's yearned for peerage. The Dame will have a persuasive word in Dave's ear to get the man his peerage and off our backs.
Breaking rules is something that Pooter loves to do... this particular one is particularly cruel and necessary.
Last year hard up parents were told that that if their off springs turned up to the new school wearing their old uniforms they would be put into a sort of holding pen, segregated from their fellow pupils whose parents could afford the new uniform. The parents will then be summoned to the school to explain why they cannot afford a new uniform: a further embarrassment to the family.
What a bloody silly and uncivilised idea! To make matters worse parents have been told that they cannot buy basic items like shirts and blouses at rock bottom prices from Tesco and Asda, but must use a monopoly supplier. The Office of Fair Trading have ruled that this to be unacceptable. The Dame will be escalating this to her high up friends in Tesco and Asda: they will be unamused and will go public on the issue.
(Incidentally, most continental schools have no school uniform policy, yet far higher levels of academic achievement.)

So the old school clothing has to be thrown away, even though perfectly usable. Like the school- a complete waste of money....

The rich and detached from reality governors will say, “ we warned them last year to save their Child Benefit for the new uniforms.”
Do these clowns not realise that hard pressed families use Child Benefits to stay afloat and feed their children-not to buy unrequired school uniforms.
Pooter Cockell doubtless feels no embarrassment that the situation is now so grave that the Citizens Advice Bureau is using the K&C Chronicle to advise parents to contact them for advice.
When they meet on the 6th September the Governors need to show some British commonsense and kick this damned fool idea into the long grass of the sold off playing fields.

The only blessing is that our Design Champion, 'Boys' Moylan, has not called in one of his designer friends to run up a new 'couture' school uniform......


  1. Outrageous, another example of the social cleansing happening in this Borough. Their out of touch Governors are also renowned in the Borough for their ignorance, its a mystery that this hasn't reached the Dames delicate ears before now.

  2. K & C intends to rid itself of the "poor." It's not surprising that the only borough in London to be losing residents is the Rotten Borough. Eventually, there will be just non-doms and filthy rich octogenarians - with their servants and carers ferried in every day from the poor outer suburbs.


  3. This is disgraceful and comes at a particularly bad time for families. The lack of understanding and flexibility displayed by Holland Park School on this shows a snobbish attitude and disregard to the real difficulties faced by many families in the community that the school claims to serve.

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