Shop man's uniform anger

A POPULAR Exmouth clothing store is selling school uniforms despite a letter to parents from Marpool School telling them differently.

A POPULAR Exmouth clothing store is selling school uniforms - despite a letter to parents from Marpool School telling them differently.Richard Bailey, of Baileys, The Parade, said that concerned parents were convinced they had to go to Exeter to kit out their children.It follows a letter to parents, penned by head teacher Rachel Pattison, informing them of a 'rebranding' and a new uniform. The uniform includes a 'vibrant' gold polo shirt and fleece to be phased in by spring next year.The letter also has an attached price list and details of a mail order company from where parents can get the new uniform.The letter says: "We feel that this method of ordering will be useful now that it is no longer possible to buy uniform items in Exmouth...."Mr Bailey said: "It annoys me when you have a town dying on its feet, shops are closing left right and centre, and they put out a letter like this."We don't expect any special favours, but we have been stocking school uniforms here for years and you expect a little support. The profit will now be going to stores in Exeter."The store sells uniforms for all schools and special logo uniforms for St Joseph's, Exeter Road and Marpool School.But Rachel Pattison said: "I think there has been a misunderstanding about the letter."Baileys is our only supplier in Exmouth and it will remain that way. "Obviously, we are looking at cost-effective ways to provide pupils with uniforms."Once we do get new suppliers, Baileys would be our first choice as a stockist - they have been brilliant and we have worked closely with them for many years. "They would be the shop where we would advise parents to go.


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