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St Clement's

High School

New uniform: What you need to know

Craig Jansen, Marshland High School Headteacher, and Steve Cozens, Chair of Governors, have today written to parents informing them of the school's decision to change the uniform following our consultation exercise.

Craig Jansen, Marshland High School Headteacher, and Steve Cozens, Chair of Governors, have today written to parents informing them of the school's decision to change the uniform following our consultation exercise.

Our decision to change the uniform was driven from our desire to further strengthen our school ethos, values and expectations, which includes good school behaviour.

We want to strengthen our students' sense of belonging to their school and also their pride of being part of our school community as well as improving equality and eliminating inconsistencies.

We also want to eliminate the need to challenge students over inappropriate uniform items, reduce conflict and promote positive relationships, allowing students and teachers to concentrate on teaching and learning.

We wrote to parents in December last year with summary feedback from our consultation. This was followed last month by parents and carers of Year 7 and 8 students being invited to consultation events with senior school staff and West Norfolk Academy Trust leaders.

The key concern raised by parents was affordability. We are committed to ensuring that the cost of uniform must not be used to socially exclude any parent from wishing to send their child to our school.

We will supply every child with one free jacket and one free pair of trousers or one skirt for Years 7, 8 and 9 irrespective of parental income. The Learning Support Fund is also available for eligible families. This can provide a further 76% subsidy for the purchase of uniform. 

We are now in a position to confirm there will be a phased introduction of a new school uniform for our new Year 7 intake and for Years 8 and 9 from the start of the next academic year in September 2020.

Years 10 and 11 will not see any change to their existing uniform but if Year 10 and 11 children would like to wear the new uniform, it will be available to buy.
Based on the feedback received, the uniform will differ slightly from the images previously shared during our consultation. New images will be posted onto our website once manufacturing is finalised. Items will also be on display in Reception during the Summer term.

Our current uniform providers, Price & Buckland, will supply the new uniform, and there will be sizing events ahead of the new uniform release in the Summer term.

These dates are yet to be confirmed but we will inform parents as soon as we have this information. This sizing events will be open to students and their parents to ensure the correct size and fit for every student.

Following these events, parents will be able to purchase directly from Price and Buckland's website.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide constructive feedback. These valuable conversations with Governors, parents, carers, students and staff helped to inform and guide our decision.

We are confident that our new uniform will help deliver our aims and continue our work to raise standards at Marshland High School.