1960s School Uniform
Walliscote school, Weston Super Mare.
The school uniform, some of the boys think it is a little out of date.
The yellow edging on the blazer should be the first thing to go, long trousers for all might get voted for, but without turn-ups.
For several of us from the children's home, we were often seen in wellingtons on a sunny day at school.
General rough play and bending down to play marbles and your shoes or sandals soon became scuffed.
For punishment at the Home over my scuffed shoes on return from school, I had already gone through extra chores, missing TV, loss of pocket money, and now reached the stage of the slipper.
Having to take a pair of school shoes over to the governor to explain the reason why they were damaged was frightening at the age of eight, with two visits to him with my shoes it resulted in the plimsoll, there was the warning that the third visit over such damage would result in the cane.
The Sister that looked after me in the Home had no objection for me to go to school in my wellingtons, there might be the thought that I would change into my shoes or my PE plimsolls (indoor school use only). Most of the staff at school were quite tolerant over the clothing worn by children from the Home, no objection was made if we wore rubber boots all day in class.
Some friends at Primary School in the mid 1960s had started to wear long trousers to school, great in the winter for keeping warm, but a bit of a nuisance for summer. Those of us from the Home just had shorts even if it was snowing. Due to a knee injury, I was allowed to wear dungarees on very cold days, but long trousers were still off limits for me.