A primary school has lambasted lazy parents who stay in bed and leave their ‘dirty, unkempt’ children to find their way to lessons ‘in a pretty shocking state’.
It has issued a strongly-worded rebuke condemning the ‘parenting skills’ of some families and says in modern Britain there is no excuse for the appearance of their kids.
The attack, in the weekly news bulletin at St Michael’s Academy in Yeovil, Somerset, says some youngsters are arriving at school in dirty clothes and obviously unwashed.
It says many are getting themselves up in the morning and in to school while their parents are still in bed.
And it ends: “In a country where there is plentiful running water and washing machines, and shops like Tesco offering entire school uniforms for £10, it is a pretty poor indictment of the parenting skills of some of our families.”
The school for seven to 11-year-olds currently has around 220 pupils and was rated ‘good’ in the last Ofsted report in 2013. The headteacher is Judith Barrett.
It is understood the letter was sent home with children on Monday after teachers noticed the “shocking state” of some pupils.
The one-page rant says: “Unfortunately I have noticed an increasing number of children who are coming to school in a pretty shocking state.”
“They are dirty, unkempt and not in appropriate school uniform, if in any uniform at all.”
“Today, being that it is a Monday, quite a few have returned to school in dirty clothes and obviously haven’t had a shower in readiness for Monday morning.
“There are also an increasing number who are not making any attempt to wear black school shoes, in line with school policy.
“There are also a lot of children who are getting themselves up in the morning and in to school as their parents are still in bed.
“In a country where there is plentiful running water and washing machines, and shops like Tesco offering entire school uniforms for £10, it is a pretty poor indictment of the parenting skills of some of our families.”
The letter, which also appears on the school website, thanks parents who send kids to school “looking clean and tidy and ready for the school week”.
It warns parents they will be contacted by staff if kids turn up next week without the correct look.
It adds: “These are very important life habits to get into which will serve them well in adult life.
“I totally appreciate that life is hard for some of you but please make sure that your children are clean and ready for school and that includes the correct clothes.
“Starting next week I intend phoning home to contact parents of children not in uniform including black shoes, and you will be asked to take them home.”