Uniform Changes from August 2019 - Including Sixth Form Dress Code
26 Apr 2019
Changes to school uniform from August 2019 have been approved by staff and governors, following a consultation with students, parents and staff.
As part of the consultation, the parents of all current Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students were asked for their views on the different uniform proposals. Alongside this, the views of Year 11 students were sought as part of their Sixth Form interview. Examples of the uniform options were on display in the library for students to see and comment upon.
When asked individually away from other students and without the possibility of peer pressure, student feedback was overwhelmingly in favour of a smarter uniform. There is clear recognition that the students as a body do not look smart and that many are not wearing school-appropriate clothing. The students liked the jacket, shirt and tie; the main concern expressed by the girls was that they would like the option of a straighter skirt alongside the pleated one. We have taken this on board and sourced an additional skirt in response to the girls’ requests.
Students who have tried on the uniform samples have commented very positively on the uniform, both in terms of style and comfort.
There were 243 responses from parents. This represented approximately 15% of the potential student body. Of the replies, 140 (58%) were in favour of the new uniform proposals; some of the questions raised in these responses are covered below. 103 (42%) of responses were not in favour of the uniform proposals for a variety of reasons that are again covered below.
Some parents expressed concern about the cost of the uniform particularly if they had several children attending secondary schools.
We are conscious of the cost of uniform and have adapted some of the requirements to ensure these can be purchased at low cost. We will offer support to parents of children who receive Pupil Premium funding and we will be using three different suppliers to ensure there is competitive pricing. The jacket option is very good quality and one that will last your child throughout their two years of KS4 (Year 10 and 11).
Style, Practicality & Colour
Some respondents expressed concern about the choice of grey skirts/ trousers, the colour of tights to be worn, the style of skirt and the safety of wearing a tie. There were also comments that a polo shirt and sweatshirt were more comfortable to wear.
The artists’ impressions we sent out were intended to give a rough idea of what the uniform would entail; they were not exact representations of the uniform.
Tights – Although the tights in the image were grey, girls will be able to wear natural or black tights.
Ties - Ties will all be clip-on so will not represent the health and safety risk feared by some parents.
Jacket - This is a darker grey than is represented in the image so is very practical in nature. We have opted for fitted jackets that are tailored specifically to girls and boys; these are a better fit for older students and are of a superior quality to the standard unisex school blazer.
Skirts - Alongside the checked pleated skirt, we are offering a straight plain skirt option; however, all skirts must be purchased from the recognised suppliers. No other skirt will be permitted.
Trousers - We have taken on board feedback regarding the practicality and accessibility of black trousers over grey so we have changed these to black. These must be traditional tailored trousers, not jeans or similar styles. Our suppliers are offering two different styles; students in school have tried these on and were happy with both the style and comfort.
Shoes - These should be leather or leather look and must be a traditional shoe that can be polished. Please look at the images on the website to see what is acceptable and, if in doubt, contact the school before making a purchase.
As well as being comfortable and stylish, the jackets we have selected are manufactured using recycled plastics so are environmentally friendly.
Some parents and students felt that post-16 students should be given the freedom to follow a dress code rather than a prescribed uniform as this was a transition stage to university for many.
The proposed uniform for post-16 will not be introduced for the 2019-2020 academic year. Instead, students will be issued with a dress code which they will be expected to follow. Sixth Form dress code guidelines can be found here.
Current Year 10 students moving to Year 11
Some parents misunderstood the consultation information and contacted us to say it was not reasonable to purchase a new uniform for one year.
Current Year 10 students will continue to wear the polo shirt and jumper/sweatshirt they have but must wear appropriate tailored black trousers or one of the new-style school skirts only available from our recognised suppliers. Black jeans, leggings or the short clingy skirts currently worn are not acceptable.
Following the consultation process, the Governors and staff at Ashby School have decided to implement the changes outlined above and confirm the new uniform requirements from August 2019.
The uniform options are shown in the photographs below and are available to view in the school’s main reception.
Further details regarding specifics costs and suppliers will be released early in the summer term. Measuring sessions will be arranged for current Year 9 students so that uniform can be ordered early and collected during the summer holiday.
We would like to thank all parents and students who contributed to the consultation and look forward to working with you to ensure the uniform expectations are fully met.