Parents have spoken of their frustrations after being told their children must wear their school blazers during the heatwave.
Although many secondary schools across the city relax uniform rules when it is hot and allow pupils to take off their blazers once inside the building – many still insist they arrive at school each morning wearing their blazer.
A text message sent to parents of pupils at Sirius Academy West has angered some parents who don’t feel enough is being done to relax the rules when temperatures rise.
The text said: “During the current hot weather, please ensure your child comes to school with their blazer. They will then able to remove them once in the building, if they so wish. Many thanks for your support.”
Discussing the issue on the Hull Daily Mail – Family News page , one parent said: “Not happy at all. Joke it really is.”
Schools have told Hull Live they like their pupils to be presentable when in public on their way to school because they act as ambassadors and should always be smart in appearance.
However parents say their health should come before the way they look.
Another parent said: “I can tell u now, when my kids get to secondary school and the weather is like this I don’t give a stuff about appearance I’ll be sending them in shorts because their health is far more important than how smart they look!”
Georgina Coyle said: “Hessle High let them take their blazers off in the hot weather.”
Kelly Turner said: “Kingswood let them have blazers off in lessons but on to move around school. Most of not all new build secondary schools have Aircon anyway.”
Toni Kirk said: “My eldest attends South Holderness technology college and they allow them to put their blazers in their bag when it’s hot, which i think is only fair also get to wear short sleeved shirts.”
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As with work places there is no law stating what temperature is ‘too hot’ to work in, or be sent home from school.
The only regulation which covers temperatures in schools is the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, which states that employers should protect against “excessive working temperatures”.
Another parent said: “If kids have to wear their blazers at secondary school in this blazing heat then so should the teachers. It’s funny how they can dictate the kids to suffer whilst they wear light comfortable clothing.”
One mum said: “Primary schools seem to be really good in the heat. It’s secondary schools that are the problem!
“My son told me he had to put his black blazer on in the corridor. Why I don’t know, it’s just a really stupid rule!
“People expect kids to follow the rules but surely it’s better to teach kids to use their initiative and break stupid rules that can cause them to overheat and become ill.”
What the schools say
Schools have said they are relaxing the uniform rules during the heatwave and are using a “common sense” approach.
At many secondary schools pupils are able to take their blazers off once inside the building, but are expected to wear them whilst they walk to school.
A spokeswoman for Sirius West Academy said: “When it’s this hot we ask pupils to wear their blazers to come into school but then they can take them off in the first lesson and keep them off for the rest of the day.
“We like them, as they come in, to have their blazers on because that’s the external view that the public have of us and we like them to remain smart, but by their first lesson at about 8.40am – when it is not really hot – we do say they can take them off.
“When in the building they are supposed to have blazers on, but we do relax this when it is hot.”
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A spokeswoman for Malet Lambert School said: “Malet Lambert has a clear and consistent uniform policy, in line with most secondary schools. The policy includes a blazer.
“However, common sense prevails when we experience the hot weather we have had of late. Pupils are expected to bring their blazer with them to school, but it is not enforced that pupils wear them.”
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