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We want our children to look smart, to take pride in their uniform, their school and their work. A smarter uniform will encourage this sense of identity, ownership and pride. We are proud of our unique school and want our uniform to reflect that.
To that end, I would like to share with our proposals for a uniform change. I am exploring some uniform options which include ties for all ages, various knitwear options and tartan skirts for the girls.
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Firstly, many thanks to all those parents who responded to our consultation via email. We have also received a number of verbal comments from parents which have been reflected in various forms in the answers below. Please continue to respond to the consultation until Friday 7th June at 5pm by emailing email@example.com
We have avoided quoting emails so as not to single out individual parents but there are answers to all the comments in the response below. As always, please do catch either Mr Sanderson or Mrs Connett if you have any further questions, comments or concerns.
The general consensus from parents so far is that the new uniform options meet with approval and the ties and skirts look very smart. Areas of concern raised include cost for some; ties for younger children; option for girls to wear grey tights/socks, particularly in colder weather.
In answer to your comments:
We acknowledge all positive and negative feedback and this is represented in some differing comments on the same topic. For example, how the uniform presents St Osmund’s - some parents state that Proposal 1 looks very smart and would make St Osmund’s uniqueness stand out, reflecting the school’s high standards. On the flip side, there are some of the view that it makes St Osmund’s seem like a ‘private school’.
The summer uniform:
There was some concern about the lack of a cooler option for the girls in the summer.
Tights for the girls:
Some parents have particularly commented on the white socks and say that they would prefer grey knee-high socks. This is both due to the look of the uniform, and also the fact that white socks very easily begin to look dirty.
Ties for younger children?:
There is a concern about young children having to put on a tie as well as health and safety (pulling ties).
This is an understandable question. The knitwear is only very slightly more expensive than the current sweatshirts and the ties are inexpensive. For the boys, there is only a very small increase in cost.
Girls’ and Boys’ uniform:
There are inevitable differences between the uniforms; these differences exist at the moment in our current uniform where girls can wear blue gingham dresses while the boys’ uniform remains largely unchanged throughout the year.
We have had some questions asking what the quality of the knitwear and skirts is like. We have washed some of the knitwear and it seems to retain its shape, feel and if dried flat, does not need ironing. We have been told by the uniform rep that the quality is very good. The skirt is also of a very good quality and should last longer than a standard skirt purchased on the high street.
One parent said ‘change is good’ which resonates with our thoughts exactly. We want our school to aspire to the best, the highest standards possible, to continue to grow and evolve. We want our children to wear a uniform that reflects this ambition; to be well presented and represent our special school – and themselves – with pride.
We look forward to your feedback in our meeting on Wednesday and in the online survey.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Mr Sanderson, Headteacher
Mrs Connett, Parent/School Link