As you are aware, we contacted parents last term to gauge their views on a proposed uniform change from September 2016. As I mentioned in my previous correspondence, uniform standards have improved this year but staff are spending a disproportionate amount of time clarifying expectations due to the non-standardised skirts or trousers.
Sixty five parents officially contacted the school which relates to 7.9% of the school population. Current Year 10 parents had the highest contact with the school regarding the proposal with nearly 50% of all responses. The main concern was that students entering Year 11 next year will potentially only have the new uniform for just under one academic year. Therefore, it has been agreed by Governors that next year’s Year 11, for one year only, will not have a uniform change and will be allowed to wear the agreed current black skirts or trousers. All other year groups (Years 7-10) from September 2016 will be required to wear either grey trousers or grey skirt from our uniform supplier Blueprint.
Regarding cost, this is still in line with the majority of schools across Eastbourne. Also, by removing the optional polo shirt for the current academic year, the cost of the potential uniform has reduced. This will help offset the cost of purchasing trousers through the supplier. The school will continue to work with individual parents who are unable to meet the cost of the uniform.
Some parents also raised the issue of having to travel to Hailsham to try on uniform to ensure it fits correctly. I have spoken with Blueprint regarding this matter to ensure parents and students are not inconvenienced. We have identified two evenings, Monday 11 July and Tuesday 12 July (3.00pm – 6pm), when Blueprint will come into school to sell uniform to parents and students. Uniform will be available to try on and purchase on these evenings. Any uniform order placed on these evenings will not incur a postage and packaging fee.
The PE kit has been updated but as previously indicated will not be a compulsory change for any student currently in the school and will only be an expectation for new Year 7 students in 2016-17 academic year. For any parents of students currently in the school this will be available to order (if required) on the uniform fitting evenings detailed above.
Please see the attached details for the school uniform for 2016 -2017.
I would like to thank all parents and students for their feedback throughout the process.
Mr P Marchant