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Angry parents condemn school uniform change
A ROW has erupted after a school decided to bring in a new uniform.
Parents have lodged their discontent after Uckfield Community Technology College approved moves for a new uniform starting next term.
The new gear will be for those in Years 7 to 10 but many have questioned the need for the change, especially as the uniform can only be bought from one outlet rather than on the high street.
Jan Stringer-Quinn has a daughter due to enter Year 10 in September. She said: “If they want to make this change they should do this for new Year 7 students and make this optional for those children in later years.
“I do not support this change and refuse to spend money on new uniform which is extremely unpopular. I work extremely hard and can think of better ways to spend my money.
“I have three jumpers and cardigans and many polo shirts, all of which will see my daughter through the next year and am told now I have to replace this uniform. This is an extremely unpopular decision with both parents and students.”
Parents have set up a group on Facebook where they have been lodging their complaints about the shake-up.
The school acknowledged some parents were not happy but defended its decision, claiming in a “parent only” questionnaire that 434 voted in favour compared to 192 against.
It said there was a concern that high street blouses could be adapted.
Principal Hugh Hennebry said: “Our parents expressed their desire to see our uniform change to reflect the outstanding status of Uckfield Community College. This is why we have introduced the change.
“We initially suggested the change be introduced just for Year 7 students but the new intake parents were unanimous in not wanting their children to start at their new school looking different, so we decided to introduce it with Years 7 to 10.
“Our new uniform is a very similar cost to the old one and we have carefully chosen clothing for value for money, ease of washing and ironing and ability to withstand wear.
“Students will be using the polo shirts and sweatshirts from the old uniform as their new PE kit, so there is no wastage.
“Any family struggling to buy uniform will be helped.”