Lanarkshire school set to enforce dress code after 'impact' on classroom culture

A Lanarkshire school has announced they will strictly enforce the wearing of school uniforms from the next term in a bid to improve classroom culture.

Parents at Cathkin High in Cambuslang have been informed of the plans with school staff saying that many pupils had been taken to wearing expensive sports clothing to class instead.

However, some parents have questioned the timing of the decision, as it could mean forking out for new uniforms during the cost of living crisis.

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In a letter sent out to parents, headteacher Joanne Sturgeon writes: “Over the last couple of years, we have seen a fall in pupils wearing a school uniform, mainly due to the measures put in place for COVID.

“Unfortunately, when pupils do not wear uniforms, they often wear very expensive sports clothing instead of school, which not only affects the cost of the school day for families, but impacts our school ethos and culture.

“Cathkin High School uniform presents a picture of a student who belongs to our learning community, is prepared and focussed on learning as well as a very positive image of our school within the community.

“The wearing of school uniform also enhances our school security.”

Joanne Sturgeon, the new head teacher at Cathkin High
(Image: Rutherglen Reformer)

From next terms pupils are being asked to wear a blazer, white shirt, tie, black jumper or v-neck cardigan and either black trousers, a black skirt or a red tartan pleated skirt.

One parent told us: “I know they are offering help in paying for the clothing, but it’s poorly timed with the cost of living crisis going on – it’s yet another expense to be paid.”

The school have stated they have purchased a number of vouchers for supplier Scotcrest, which they will sell at half price to help parents save costs.

The decision came after a number of recent violent incidents with school pupils from across the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area, including fighting in streets near schools.

Ms Sturgeon told Lanarkshire Live the move will lead to greater pride in the school.

She told us : “The Cathkin High School uniform is one which denotes and unites our pupils, and, in common with schools across the area, we have re-emphasized our commitment to it, as we return to normal after the difficult last two years.

“Our school works closely with the pupils, parent council and wider school community to ensure that the uniform is accessible to all. In fact, we have worked hard to consider as many options as we can as part of the ‘cost of the school day. ‘initiative, to reduce costs, by putting a number of new supports in place.

“These include the provision of a free PE uniform for S1-3, sourcing a cheaper supplier for blazers, and supplying vouchers to reduce the cost of a blazer. We have also established, and continue to increase, a bank of pre-loved uniform stock.

“It is our firm belief that our school uniform boosts our sense of community and pride in our school.”

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