A MUM of a pupil at Exmouth Community College have criticised the cost of the "poor quality" school uniform.
After raising her concerns with the school, Liz Reynolds, who has two children at the school, set up Facebook page Exmouth Parents Right to be Heard as a forum for other parents to discuss the issue.
It has attracted more than 110 members.
In July the 40-year-old from Lympstone wrote to the school outlining her frustration claiming that the uniform is expensive and lacks durability.
She complained at the school rule that three key items of uniform out of 10, the jumper, the tie and the PE T-shirt, must be bought from the school at a set price.
Instead she is calling for a choice of where to purchase the uniform from.
PE T-shirts cost £15 and the jumpers are between £20 and £30, a cost Mrs Reynolds said is "unrealistic" given their quality.
Mrs Reynolds said a subsequent letter from the assistant principal explained that a lot of time had been spent ensuring the jumper is of a high quality and complaints are rare.
The letter also addressed the issue of the school using one supplier and said it had received "excellent" service from them.
"The jumper is 100 per cent acrylic which is a cheap material and frays at the cuffs, the elbows and the bottom," she said.
"As a single mum I've got to be careful with money and these jumpers don't last.
"In the end I had to send my son to school looking like he had been dragged through a hedge backwards, I don't want to have to send my daughter to school looking like that."
Mrs Reynolds said she's had no choice but to purchase the items through the school shop.
"I heard someone in the queue for uniforms recently say he ought to buy the bigger size so it would last and I had to bite my tongue," she continued.
"Government guidelines state that uniform should be available from multiple suppliers, at an affordable price and should be of good quality," she added.
"I feel absolutely frustrated – school uniform is there to break down barriers between those that have and those that haven't. But with these jumpers, you have those that can't afford to replace them looking dreadful.
"All we're after is to have a uniform that lasts at a reasonable price, I don't think that's too much to ask."
The Echo contacted the school before the end of the summer term for a comment but no one was available.