A school has asked parents not to wear pyjamas at the morning drop-off.
Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy, Darlington, wrote to all parents with the request that they “dress appropriately in day wear”.
Parents had apparently been turning up to the school run in pyjamas and slippers.
Some even attended assemblies and meetings in nightwear.
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.”
The headteacher stated she sent the letter so a good example would be set for children.
She wrote: “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.”
“It’s disgraceful, we should be guiding our children not giving them bad habits.”
This is not the first school to have problems with dishevelled parents.
In 2011, 11 schools across Middlesbrough wrote to parents, asking them to dress appropriately for the school run.
The 11 primary schools which form the cluster in east Middlesbrough – North Ormesby, St Alphonsus, Berwick Hills, St Pius, Park End, Pallister Park, Pennyman, Thorntree, Corpus Christi, Brambles Farm and Caldicotes – agreed on the policy.
Chris Kemp-Hall, head teacher at North Ormesby and chair of the cluster group, said: “We all have the opinion that appearing at school dressed in pyjamas isn’t the right way to go about things.
“It’s about setting an example and having self esteem.”