Upset at plans to change uniform at Eastbourne school

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Plans to change the uniform at an Eastbourne secondary school has prompted unhappy students to start a petition against the proposal.

Cavendish School in Eldon Road is consulting on plans to introduce grey trousers and skirts, which can only be brought from a specific retailer, in September this year to replace black skirts and trousers currently worn by pupils.

The school says it has spoken with a number of students who formed a student focus group and helped decide the colour and style of the trousers and skirts. It says the proposal is to make it easier to adhere to the uniform policy but not everyone is happy.

An online petition which has more than 250 signatures says, “We, the Cavendish School students are opposed to the change in the school uniform starting September 2016.

“It is horrible to force students to buy new uniform when what we have already is perfectly fine.

“We demand we keep the current uniform policy, especially for the current year 10 as they will only be here for less than a full school year and are still forced to purchase this new uniform.”

New Cavendish headteacher Peter Marchant said, “I am pleased to say a number of visitors to the school have commented on how smart our students are both in the school and the wider community.

“However, we have had a number of parents inform us that the current uniform policy can cause issues with clarity on what is acceptable and appropriate.

“This has led to some difficulties within the school when enforcing the policy.

“In order to ensure there is a clear and consistent approach, the school is therefore proposing a uniform change for September 2016.

“The proposal is to make it easier to adhere to the policy and so, the skirts/trousers are only to be purchased from our current single uniform provider.

“We have ensured our current uniform provider is able to provide good value for money in its clothing range supplied to the school.”

The price of boys’ grey trousers range from £11,65 to £13.85.

The price of girls’ skirts and trousers range from £10.90-£15.

In addition, from September 2016, the school will be updating PE wear to what it calls a modern lightweight, active fit style.

The school says it will not be a compulsory change for current Years 7-11 but can be updated when required. New admissions from September will be required to purchase the updated PE kit.

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