Our local Junior School has no uniform. I know there are other Mums and Dads out there that think that children shouldn't be put in uniform for school and should be allow to wear what they want as an individual. However, it's a nightmare.
When my daughters started there I had the plan of having school clothes and other clothes. Keeping things separate meant that school clothes could be older clothes that I was less fussy about getting damaged by paint or glue and the every day grind of school life. However it didn't work out like this and they just chose to wear whatever they wanted. That's if they could decide!
Each morning they were usually running late anyway but the whole 'what shall we wear today' dilemma meant they were running extremely late. At least with a uniform they couldn't have a huge fashion debate, it's the uniform and that's it. There's also no worry about what everyone else is wearing either. The daily moans of 'Oh, such and such has an expensive brand top' or 'Billy turned up wearing the latest Nike trainers', which then in turn starts a whole new phase of I want this, we want that, they've got these branded labels why haven't we. Yes it's only Junior School but there are children walking around wearing Nike, Adidas and by the Upper years I have seen some Superdry tops creeping into the labelled brand fashion show at school.
However, I would prefer a uniform. Thing 2 finished at the Junior School in July and has now moved onto Secondary School and I'm so pleased to see her back in a uniform.
Smart, presentable and no fashion dilemmas thrown into my already hectic mornings!