It is genuinely difficult to find a winter coat that doesn’t absolutely break the bank – I found that out the hard way when I trawled the internet for a coat that looks smart-ish, keeps me warm, and doesn’t make me look too short (no mean feat).

I eventually found one on a website that I won’t name – but is an anagram for SOAS – put it on and went to work. The writer who sits next to me – anagram of Johs –  already had one on that was almost identical and now everyone in the office laughs at us for having a “writers’ uniform”.

That’s life, baby.

It goes without saying that if I had more money I would have bought a far more unique coat that couldn’t be replicated (I know what you’re thinking and yes, The Hook do pay me £100,000-per-article, but that mostly goes to the tax man), but maybe that’s not such a good idea.

This comes after expensive coats from brands such as Canada Goose and Moncler have been banned from a high school in the UK, amid fears of poverty-shaming.

These brand in particular are well known for having coats that cost up to and above £1000, and apparently donning either of these around students who don’t have the privilege of owning one is a sign of disrespect.

Assistant headteacher at Woodchurch High School, Mr Smith, wrote to parents and guardians of Children at the school, explaining the ban:

As you are all aware from an email that was sent out yesterday, pupils will not be permitted to bring in Canadian Goose and Monclair coats after the Christmas break.

The support from parents/carers has been overwhelmingly positive and we are very thankful for this.

Some have also asked whether Pyrenex coats, which are also in a similar price range (with some also having real fur) will also be prohibited.

I am writing to confirm that these brands will also be prohibited after Christmas.

Thank you for your on going support.

Didn’t get either of the initial brand names right. Aren’t teachers supposed to be good at researching?

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the school said:

We are concerned with poverty proofing in school, where issues can routinely, if unintentionally, stigmatise children living in poverty and contribute to the increasing cost of the school day to parents and carers.

It has always been our policy to minimise the cost to parents and carers of uniform.

The decision was taken following consultation with representatives of the pupils themselves and has been welcomed by the vast majority of parents and carers who have responded to the letter.

As long as it’s stopping bullying, or at least helping the cause, then it’s hard to argue against the decision from the Wirral School, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a bit silly.

Essentially, it’s a shame that children bully other children for having cheap coats, but that’s a spectacularly banal point to make.

Kids don’t really go out, do they? Where are they going to wear their fancy new coats if not school?

Images via Getty, Google Maps, Moncler, Canada Goose