I am very pleased to announce that following the feedback from the uniform consultation that the governors unanimously accepted the proposal to introduce the new uniform. 

 

Please see below an executive summary of the parental feedback.

Parental Response Numbers
Total Responses 189
In Favour 61
In Favour with Amendments 50
Against 78

 

Response rate:  189 parents from an estimated 855 families in school have responded via email, an estimated 22.1% response rate.  Comments can be categorised in 3 different groups as follows:

  •           In favour – 32.3%
  •           In favour with amendments to proposal – 26.4%
  •           Not in favour – 41.3%

The total negative responses – clearly against – represented 9% of our parent population.

The concerns expressed by parents fell into following categories.

Cost: There were many concerns relating to the cost of new uniform and we take these concerns very carefully.

Our response - We are willing to support parents in financial hardship as we always have. The intention is to have at least 3 suppliers: Marks and Spencers, Ashby School Wear, Pupil Schoolwear so the pricing should be more competitive than having a single supplier. We intend to develop a buy back scheme for Year 9 uniform.

Colour/Style: Concerns about the colours shown in the graphics regarding impracticality.

Our response - We will retain black tights as suggested by both parents and students rather than grey.  In terms of trousers and shorts, the light grey on the graphic is misleading. The grey trousers and shorts we favour for the new uniform are a darker grey. The blazer is Dark Navy and not the bright blue in the graphic.  We have also investigated girls shorts as suggested in the consultation. We intend the tie to be a clip on because many parents questioned the safety of a traditional tie.

Environmental issues: Some parents were concerned about the environmental impact of wasted uniform and we are also concerned about this ourselves.

Our response - We have engaged a company who will collect any donated old uniform and make sure that it is either recycled or sent to a country where the need is greater.

Full details about suppliers, costs, uniform styles and uniform evenings will be shared in the Summer Term. I would like to thank all parents who took the time to respond so thoughtfully to the consultation and thank parents in advance for their support in maintaining high standards at Ivanhoe and expecting the best from our young people.

23 Apr 2019

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