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Parents asked to stop wearing pyjamas on the school run

A primary school has asked parents to stop coming to school in pyjamas in a bid to "raise standards".

Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy, Darlington, wrote to all parents with the request that they "dress appropriately in day wear".

She said she made the appeal after noticing a trend among parents for dropping off their children - and even attending assemblies and meetings - in pyjamas and slippers.

The letter sent to parents Credit: PA

In the letter she said: "I have noticed there has been an increasing tendency for parents to escort children to and from school while still wearing their pyjamas and, on occasion, even slippers.

She said her aim was to help set a good example for the pupils, adding that so far she had received a positive response.

Skerne Park Academy in Darlington Credit: Google Maps

Could I please ask that when you are escorting your children, you take the time to dress appropriately in day wear that is suitable for the weather conditions.

We are trying to raise standards and get better outcomes for the children and we noticed a lot of the parents are turning up to school as well as meetings and assemblies wearing pyjamas, if we're to raise standards it's not too much to ask parents to have a wash and get dressed.

I have had loads of support from the community and people saying it's about time something was done. I have had far more positive responses than negative. If I get the parents on board then we often get the children too and in order to get the best chances for the children we have to raise the bar with the parents.

– Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy

Phil Naylor, a parent who has children at the school, said: "We all support the school and I hope this helps get the message across to parents. "It's disgraceful, we should be guiding our children not giving them bad habits."