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Bushey Meads School responds to Watford and Hertsmere MPs' letter in uniform row
A Bushey school which came under attack for new uniform regulations has responded to the two MPs who intervened in the row last week.
Parents were left angered after the academy introduced regulation trousers and skirts for its students at the beginning of this year, which are embroiled with BMS under the waistband and cost £22.50 each.
In the reply letter, the school explained that a consultation process was carried out including displays at all consultation evenings through the whole of the last academic year, and parents were invited to comment.
They made the announcement that they would proceed in December, with an implementation date of the September.
At the end of June they posted on the home page of the website full details of each of the items, with uniform suppliers, and also emailed and sent home hard copy letters to parents to alert them further.
The school checked the cost of equivalent regulation items in the other local schools to make sure it wasn’t excessive, and in cases of genuine hardship they school assist in covering the cost of the first purchase of items.
Furthermore the school explained they are considering applications for further support under the hardship fund where there are genuine problems with cost, and this is in addition to the second hand uniform shop and arrangement they have for this with Bushey Mencap.
In addition to the above the school introduced a second supplier in recent years, in order to bring in competition and ensure better prices - as well as improved choice.
The letter came as a reply to the one sent by the two MPs last week that said: "Whilst we understand that as an academy Bushey Meads is able to set its own policy with regard to school uniform, would it be possible for you to look at some form of compromise regarding the purchase of the uniform for those experiencing real hardship?"
Parents against the changes have set up a Facebook group which currently has 43 members.
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