Bramhall High School in Stockport, Greater Manchester has banned its pupils from wearing knotted ties because it says they could pose a safety risk.
Right, OK…They have decided that clip on ties, like the ones worn by police officers, will be regulation uniform at the School from September and have been available in the school’s uniform shop for more than a year to help with the crossover.
John Peckham, head teacher and father of this bizarre rule said the ties looked smarter on puplis, as well as preventing potential accidents. He went on to say: ‘Obviously, there is a health and safety element’ Why’s that John? ‘Pupils take precautions during technical lessons where there is machinery, but it is the unexpected factors such as running and having their ties pulled that could be a problem.’ Notice the word ‘could’…
‘We also feel it is smarter becuase older children will not wear the ties in a casual way. This is in line with places like Marks and Spencer (what?), the police and the armed forces.’ Pupils who do not adhere to the new rule will be sent home. Of course because a tie is so worth missing lessons for.
Nick Seaton, chairman of the campaign for Real Education and all round speaker of sense said the decision was inexplicable. ‘ It seems like another instance of political correctness and health and safety gone mad. Children have worn ties for decades and I have never heard of an accident in all that time.’ Me neither.
Have the school thought this through? The kids probably didn’t even look or care about each others ties, now they’ll be ripping them off left and centre and most certainly hitting each other with them, dipping them in things and generally getting up to all manner of tie related mischief.
What’s going on? Are we really in such a state where a child can’t be trusted to wear a tie? I feel sad now. I’m going to M+S to pull some peoples ties off. That’ll cheer me up.