School moves to quell uniform change fears

The proposed cardigan for Roseacre Academy, South Shore
The proposed cardigan for Roseacre Academy, South Shore
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School bosses have moved to allay fears that children’s uniforms could be changed for the second time in a year.

Roseacre Primary Academy, South Shore, held a consultation with parents and pupils over proposals to change the school’s uniform from brown to yellow, blue and tartan.

But the plan, reportedly brought in after children wrote persuasive pieces about their wishes to change their clothing, was met with opposition by parents worried about the cost implications and changing the school’s identity.

Now Janet Carroll, headteacher of the academy on Stonycroft Avenue, has said it is “highly likely” there will be no change, ahead of an official decision to be announced on April 23.

She said: “With the current response to the consultation, it’s highly likely the uniform is going to remain as it is.

“The initial request came from children doing persuasive writing about changing the uniform. Their ideas ranged from disliking the brown to road safety and being able to be seen in the dark.

“But it’s looking like it’s 
going to stay as it is.”

Parents had told how they did not want the school’s 85 -year history to be “scrapped” along with the uniform, and expressed concerns about the cost of buying new clothing.

When the school converted to academy status last year, taking it out of local authority control, parents were asked to buy new uniform, PE 
kits and bags with the academy’s new name on.

Justine Howe, whose children Ted, eight, and Evie, five, attend the school, said: “I like the fact the brown has some history for the school. It’s not just the fact it (the suggested new uniform) is so fundamentally different, but it’s the cost associated with it.”

Former pupil Steve Curwood said: “I was horrified to hear the very distinct colours, which to me symbolise the school and have given it that identity for many years, could be changed.”

The headteacher said she believes the exercise has been “positive”, showing she will listen to both pupils and parents points of view.

But parent Elaine Aldous added: “I think this whole situation has caused serious damage between parents and the management team at the school and it could have been totally avoided.”