No Uniforms Allowed, a history

If we were in England, Kieran would have started secondary school this week, which means we are officially past the primary school years.  Home educating our children was the only thing I ever considered for our two; school never entered my mind as an option.  We don’t generally keep track of the ‘school years’, but this does seem an appropriate time to reflect back on the choice we made.  I wrote this post years ago during the  during the Badman Era, and though I wrote it at a time I was very anti-the-establishment of schools, I wouldn’t change what I wrote.  We continue to facilitate the children with their education and will continue to do so as they prepare for their futures.  It is the lifestyle that fits all of our needs as individuals and our family unit as a whole.

We realized very early into this way of life that the weather in England is generally lovely when the schools open, so we have tended to take time off during September.  Then as the children got older, we decided to have an outing on the actual first day of school to celebrate our choice of lifestyle and I started to post photos called ‘No Uniforms Allowed’.  This year we decided to do our photos in August when the California children went back to school.  We spent a lovely afternoon at Half Moon Bay, California.  In honour of this tradition and as a time of reflection, I put together this slideshow of photos starting from the year Hazel would have started school.  They are all taken in the month of September.  The photos in the early years were just ‘normal’ photos of the children, the ‘No Uniform Allowed’ outings started in about 2010.   In the early photos they look to me like babes, and I still, to this day, feel children start school far too young.  I am ever so happy our two could just be children whose only priority was to play and to enjoy life.

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5 Responses to No Uniforms Allowed, a history

  1. Bridget says:

    We have an outing usually at the beginning of September when school goes back. Just because we can! We don’t keep count if the school years either but I’m finding are are asked more and more what chool year they would be in and we take ages working them all out!
    Long may your No Uniforms Allowed posts continue x

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Once we figure out one year, the other is easy as they are right behind each other! We have the added nonsense of keeping track of the American years (which at least I actually know) as well as the UK for both sides of the family. One of these days I should learn about the UK ed system! x

  3. Michelle says:

    This was lovely to view. The UK is different depending on what part of the UK you are in. I think these dates are; England and Wales it is 1st September, Northern Ireland it is 1 July and Scotland it is 1st March. Plus for me they renamed all the school years from the time I attended school so I have to really think hard to figure out what they are. I also struggled for ages when Clo went to France as the French separate their school years by the calendar year born, though still have the school year starting at the very end of August, so C with an October birthday was one of the younger ones in her year in France and this meant she was in the academic year above the one she would have been in in England where she would be one of the older children in the school year. Another confusion for me is that in England the school years count up whereas in France they count down.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    The American system would have had Hazel and Kieran starting the September after they turned 5 as they are December babies. In the US H would be in grade 7, and year 8 in England–so not too hard to keep track of. What do the French call the years?

    • oldmanorborn says:

      Age France UK USA
      3 Maternelle Petite Nursery Nursery
      4 Maternelle Moyenne Reception Pre-K
      5 Maternelle Grande Year 1 Kindergarten
      6 C.P. Year 2 1st Grade
      7 C.E. 1 Year 3 2nd Grade
      8 C.E. 2 Year 4 3rd Grade
      9 C.M. 1 Year 5 4th Grade
      10 C.M. 2 Year 6 5th Grade
      11 6ème Year 7 6th Grade
      12 5ème Year 8 7th Grade
      13 4ème Year 9 8th Grade
      14 3ème Year 10 9th Grade
      15 2ème Year 11 10th Grade
      16 1ère Year 12 11th Grade
      17 Terminale Year 13 12th Grade


      Chloe was born Oct 2000. That puts her in year 9 in England (not UK as on that site). But because they do calendar births in France she would be in 3ème and doing her beret this year. So her French En Famille sister, born Nov 2000, will finish her schooling a year before C will providing she doesn’t have to repeat a year.

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