The yellow disease

It is grand to see the children from Christopher Rawlins (C of E) Primary school parading through the village to visit the library or the church so regularly.  If it helps them to learn to love reading and to respect our religious heritage it has to be excellent.

However, I do struggle to see the little kids all dressed up in those hideously bright yellow high-visibility jackets, not to mention their accompanying school masters and mistresses.  The school has a super and very smart uniform in an attractive deep blue that is quite noticeable in bulk and much more attractive than the bilious yellow.  So, why, oh why do they all get kitted out in high visibility jackets to walk in a crocodile from the school into the village and back?  They are carefully escorted across the main road while the traffic lights hold back the traffic and they are kept close together as they navigate the pavements between school and their destination.  When the same children arrive at the school with their parent or when they leave, they are there in similar numbers and milling around in a much less controlled manner but they do not wear yellow jackets.  I doubt they wear yellow jackets when they go to the supermarket with their parents or to the bowling alley or KFC? I suspect this is ‘elf & safety gone just a bit barking mad and I think they would be just as safe and a much more pleasing sight if they formed up in their crocodile in their blue uniforms.  I fear some county council jobs-worth has issued an edict instructing the headmaster to kit out his kids in yellow jackets which, I suspect, the school has had to  buy.  Better the money had been spent on some books for the kids.


About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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