CHILDREN in a Tyne Valley town could be allowed to go to school wearing their own clothing.

It comes as Coun. Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South, has written to schools in his ward asking them to consider relaxing any uniform policies until this coming September.

"I have received very positive feedback from the schools already", said Coun. Stewart. "We all realise that children grow very quickly and many school clothing retailers and shoe shops are not open yet due to the pandemic restrictions."

He added: "This could also help the children return to school in a relaxed way and, of course, save some money for families."

The initiative has been supported by Tracy Gilmore, mayor of Prudhoe, who commented: "School uniforms are important for many good reasons and I support relaxation of the policies at this time, it gives families the option to choose to send their children to school in uniform or everyday clothing, but these must be in a style and condition that are safe and shows the school they represent in a positive way."