A mother has criticized her daughter’s high school for making students wear blazers during the heat wave.
Despite this week having been the hottest days of the year yet, the parent says her child came back from Sale High School “dripping in sweat” feeling ill from not taking her blazer off all day.
The schoolgirl told her mother that only a few teachers allow children to take them off in class, while others said it is school policy to wear them all the time.
The school in Sale, Trafford, is far from alone in its stance and the parent contacted the Manchester Evening News to call on schools to drop the draconian rule and consider the risks to children.
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“As a health professional, I find it disappointing that schools do not take children’s health seriously,” said the mother.
“I think it is outrageous that children in the UK have to wear blazers in schools where temperatures are expected to rise to 27 degrees.
“My daughter came home drenched in sweat, dizzy and sick, only for me to learn not to take off a blazer on and around the school grounds, and to add that only a selection of teachers allow it in the classroom .”
She added: “I understand the school policy and I agree that uniform is uniform, but for the safety of the children there are ways around this.
“I think if the weather in the UK gets over 25 degrees and there’s no air conditioning I think blowers should be optional. I also think small changes like PE kit would be a lot better and cooler.
“To learn that even the teachers are wearing summer clothes while children are in blazers and some in trousers for six hours is beyond outrageous.”
After speaking with the school, along with other parents, she says the students were told on Thursday they could take them off.
But she wants policies at Sale High and other schools to change to avoid similar scenarios in the future.
“Kids are in school risking their health and education for a dress code,” she said. “But if you took your child out, you would be fined. I am convinced that health education should take this into account, not only for secondary schools, but also for primary schools and nurseries.
“They are finally in agreement that blazers can go out, but I think this shouldn’t be a one-off, it should be a regular policy for all school environments.
“If the temperature goes above 25 degrees, students should not ask to take off a blazer if they are too hot. It should be a child’s personal opinion and judgment – a child should not be forced need to be a blower or risk detection or be told.
“I agree that in the UK we don’t have that kind of heat on a regular basis, but when we do it can reach high temperatures. This is something that needs to be addressed and brought to the attention of all education sectors.”
Sale High’s uniform policy states, “We believe that wearing a uniform helps to create a sense of community and equality among students, while creating the school as a work environment.
“In a large school, it is also very important for safety reasons that students wear uniforms. A uniform removes the distraction that can be caused by one’s clothing style and allows students to focus on learning.”
The list of uniform items that parents are expected to purchase reads: “Navy School Blazer with Sale High School Badge (mandatory item to be worn at all times).”
The Manchester Evening News has reached out to the school for comment.
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