Black and white unerwear rule a ‘misunderstanding’ says head

Kings’ School

Kings’ School

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TALKS are to be held at a Hampshire school into the uniform row that has erupted over pupils’ underwear.

The Parent and Teacher Association at King’s School, Winchester is expected to discuss the fallout from the row that has been sparked by furious parents who claim children are being told what colour pants and bras to wear – a claim denied by the school.

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A spokesman for the PTA said an unscheduled meeting would be held if necessary to address the issue and that the subject was likely to feature on the group’s agenda when it next meets.

As reported by the Daily Echo, parents claimed that boys were told they could only wear white or black underpants and if their pants are showing above their trousers they will be asked to put on a belt.

Meanwhile, girls have been told they should only wear white, nonpadded bras underneath blouses, said parents.

The head teacher at the centre of the row has spoken about the matter for the first time. Sue Lawrence played down the issue and said it was a misunderstanding brought about by a Year 10 assembly.

In it, pupils were advised what they should wear in the working world.

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She added that the school had no rules with regard to what colour underwear pupils should have.

Mrs Lawrence said: “We do not give any advice as far as underwear is concerned. It wouldn’t be appropriate for us to do so.”

The latest dispute comes just a week after a pupil was suspended from lessons at Kings’ for dyeing her hair dark brown.

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2:43pm Fri 21 Nov 08

siminoc says...

if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it
I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school
if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school siminoc
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2:43pm Fri 21 Nov 08

siminoc says...

if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it
I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school
if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school siminoc
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2:45pm Fri 21 Nov 08

siminoc says...

if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it
I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school
if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school siminoc
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6:15pm Fri 21 Nov 08

mikehunt says...

So Denzil's got himself a job then, checking kiddies underwear. No wonder he's been so smug of late!
So Denzil's got himself a job then, checking kiddies underwear. No wonder he's been so smug of late! mikehunt
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6:32pm Fri 21 Nov 08

Condor Man says...

siminoc wrote:
if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school
if parents want their kids to go to the best free schools then they should pay for the proper uniform. I hate all these posts where people complain about schools. There are plenty of schools around with places available and plenty more people on the waiting list for Kings. Put up or shut up!
[quote][p][bold]siminoc[/bold] wrote: if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school[/p][/quote]if parents want their kids to go to the best free schools then they should pay for the proper uniform. I hate all these posts where people complain about schools. There are plenty of schools around with places available and plenty more people on the waiting list for Kings. Put up or shut up! Condor Man
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6:33pm Fri 21 Nov 08

MattProbert says...

Nanny state gone mad? One wonders who is checking the children's underwear. I can see the sense in insiting the children are dressed properly, however, and not with blouses unbuttoned reavealing six inches of wonder-bra enhanced cleavage, or trousers worn halfway down the bum!

Nanny state gone mad? One wonders who is checking the children's underwear. I can see the sense in insiting the children are dressed properly, however, and not with blouses unbuttoned reavealing six inches of wonder-bra enhanced cleavage, or trousers worn halfway down the bum! MattProbert
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8:56pm Fri 21 Nov 08

annoyedme says...

As a lady, I feel girls should be pointed out that under a white blouse then yes a white bra should be worn. However, if I had a daughter I would prefer a lightly padded bra for them to wear. After all it hides when young ladies are cold. Making it not padded seems a bit pervy to me.

Agree, with boxers showing should be asked to wear a belt but colour is down to the individual.
As a lady, I feel girls should be pointed out that under a white blouse then yes a white bra should be worn. However, if I had a daughter I would prefer a lightly padded bra for them to wear. After all it hides when young ladies are cold. Making it not padded seems a bit pervy to me. Agree, with boxers showing should be asked to wear a belt but colour is down to the individual. annoyedme
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10:52pm Fri 21 Nov 08

thesaint says...

MattProbert wrote:
Nanny state gone mad? One wonders who is checking the children's underwear. I can see the sense in insiting the children are dressed properly, however, and not with blouses unbuttoned reavealing six inches of wonder-bra enhanced cleavage, or trousers worn halfway down the bum!

i agree the worlds gone mad ,how about the pupils telling the teachers what to wear and see how these little hitlers react ,oh by the way does anybody talk about the teaching and education at these schools anymore.
their are to many puritans running our second rate education system
[quote][p][bold]MattProbert[/bold] wrote: Nanny state gone mad? One wonders who is checking the children's underwear. I can see the sense in insiting the children are dressed properly, however, and not with blouses unbuttoned reavealing six inches of wonder-bra enhanced cleavage, or trousers worn halfway down the bum! [/p][/quote]i agree the worlds gone mad ,how about the pupils telling the teachers what to wear and see how these little hitlers react ,oh by the way does anybody talk about the teaching and education at these schools anymore. their are to many puritans running our second rate education system thesaint
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11:05pm Fri 21 Nov 08

Bright Spark says...

My son wears white underpants to school but they tend to be brown by the time he comes home.
My son wears white underpants to school but they tend to be brown by the time he comes home. Bright Spark
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6:58am Sat 22 Nov 08

the medic says...

take the pervs to court if they are looking at the kids that way and see who wins
the school is not that good its just snob value to say i went to kings
Get with it and live in this world not the snob one
take the pervs to court if they are looking at the kids that way and see who wins the school is not that good its just snob value to say i went to kings Get with it and live in this world not the snob one the medic
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7:34am Sat 22 Nov 08

D'Arcy Sarto says...

"She added that the school had no rules with regard to what colour underwear pupils should have.

Mrs Lawrence said: “We do not give any advice as far as underwear is concerned. It wouldn’t be appropriate for us to do so.” "

Did any of you actually read the article??
"She added that the school had no rules with regard to what colour underwear pupils should have. Mrs Lawrence said: “We do not give any advice as far as underwear is concerned. It wouldn’t be appropriate for us to do so.” " Did any of you actually read the article?? D'Arcy Sarto
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9:31am Sat 22 Nov 08

Dr Alimantado says...

siminoc wrote:
if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school
have you bothered readinh the article? They ARE NOT dictating what to wear.
[quote][p][bold]siminoc[/bold] wrote: if they want to tell the kids what they can wear to school the SHOULD PROVIDE it all and not make the parents fork out for new stuff when they do not need it I was the chair of governess at a school for many years and they are over stepping the mark on this one I can see it ending up min a court case for someone at the school[/p][/quote]have you bothered readinh the article? They ARE NOT dictating what to wear. Dr Alimantado
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11:52am Sat 22 Nov 08

thesaint says...

the fact theselittle hitlers decide to suspend one pupil for having brown hair while her sister stays ,says it all about these idiots,
what about the school talking about their education policy and bad teachers they employ, instead of these silly rules.
the fact theselittle hitlers decide to suspend one pupil for having brown hair while her sister stays ,says it all about these idiots, what about the school talking about their education policy and bad teachers they employ, instead of these silly rules. thesaint
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11:36pm Sat 29 Nov 08

thefirstwonwillbelast says...

I went to Kings' School and it's rules on clothing were always clear : top buttons were always to be done up, shirts tucked in, tie to be 6 stripes long, hair no longer past the ears for boys etc.

I left last year and then they were saying how boys should wear their trousers round their waste not below their bum, how many jobs can you do that in you'd be laughed at in the police force, and you don't see business men win nice suits with their trousers so low you can see their pants.

As for girls and the bras i think its sencible what Kings' are doing, its completely in appropriate to wear coloured bras under white shirts.

If people have a problem with that then leave!!! No ones being forced to go to Kings'.

They could all dress like they're still at primary school and go to Henry Beaufort instead.
I went to Kings' School and it's rules on clothing were always clear : top buttons were always to be done up, shirts tucked in, tie to be 6 stripes long, hair no longer past the ears for boys etc. I left last year and then they were saying how boys should wear their trousers round their waste not below their bum, how many jobs can you do that in you'd be laughed at in the police force, and you don't see business men win nice suits with their trousers so low you can see their pants. As for girls and the bras i think its sencible what Kings' are doing, its completely in appropriate to wear coloured bras under white shirts. If people have a problem with that then leave!!! No ones being forced to go to Kings'. They could all dress like they're still at primary school and go to Henry Beaufort instead. thefirstwonwillbelast
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