A row has erupted between parents and school chiefs following a decision to change the students' uniform just four weeks into the new term.
The move by Heworth Grange School in Gateshead has been branded a "joke" and left dozens of mums and dads scratching their heads over the timing.
A letter was issued to parents announcing the new £8.99 branded polo shirts bought during the summer holidays were being replaced by plain white shirts and a tie.
And it has caused uproar as families are having to fork out more money on top of the expense they faced just weeks ago, reports Chronicle Live.
School bosses say the polo shirts will now be used for PE and the tie is free – which just leaves the shirt or blouses to be bought.
A fund has been set aside for those in hardship and cannot afford the shirts.
The new uniform came into play on October 2 and school bosses say "the vast majority of staff and students have responded very positively to the change".
However mum Samantha Matfin is "absolutely furious".
"I am so angry and so are a lot of other parents," she said.
"I bought polo shirts with the school logo on for my daughter returning to school last month and now they are changing the uniform.
"This doesn’t teach kids the value of money at all. It’s a joke, it really is.
“It’s just four weeks since she went back to school and now there is a change. I rang the lady at the school and said why can’t we have a meeting and discuss this first.
"I thought that February in the half term break would have been a better time to introduce this, so at least the kids can get a bit of wear out of them. Just let us get Christmas out of the way and then bring in the shirts."
Samantha added: “I bought three white polo shirts and two blue polos for PE, all at £8.99. Now they say she can wear them all for PE that she has once a week. It really is a joke.”
Owen Englis took over the position as interim headteacher at the school at the start of the term and changes are being made.
In a letter produced on September 26 it said: “We are delighted to introduce ourselves as the senior team at Heworth Grange.
“We are taking on the leadership at a very exciting stage in the school’s journey and we will be working very hard to ensure that we secure very positive outcomes for the students we serve."
It continues: “As part of the change to leadership, we are also focusing on standards of uniform and behaviour. We make no excuses for the high expectations at Heworth Grange, students who look good and feel positive are more likely to achieve. As a result, we are introducing a few changes to the standards of students at the school."
The letter goes on to say that as of October 2, students must wear a plain white shirt/blouse with a collar and a school jumper at all times. It adds that polo shirts will now be for PE only but they can wear either blue or white ones.
Parents have also voiced their anger on Facebook with one mum saying she paid £110 for her son's uniform in time for September.
She added: "No way am I going and buying new stuff.”
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