Pupils at a Portsmouth secondary school have chosen to smarten up their school uniform with blazers and ties.
Students at Mayfield School designed a new uniform to replace the ‘scruffy’ polo shirt and black trouser look in September.
Blazers with a simplified logo, cardigans, V-necked jumpers and ties promise to give the school a fresh new look to reflect its accomplishments in recent years – notably, a record 13 per cent leap in ‘gold standard’ GCSE passes last summer.
Jessica Going, 15, came up with the idea of a blazer and white shirt.
She said: ‘We are a fast-changing school and we felt it was time our uniform reflected that.
‘Our grades are improving and our building has had a brand new state-of-the art classroom which is leading the way for innovative teaching.
‘Everyone here is proud of being a student at Mayfield, and hopefully now they’ll also be proud of their uniform.’
Beth Richmond, 13, who rebranded the uniform with the letter M for a logo instead of the school’s full name, said: ‘The old uniform was untidy and scruffy.
‘If you are wearing a smart uniform you are more likely to live up to the high standards that the school is setting and carry yourself with a real sense of pride.
‘I went for the letter M because with the new distinctive uniform I don’t think you need to spell out what school you belong to, and it looks neater and more stylish.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in the new uniform next year.
‘It’s nice knowing you’ve made a contribution that generations of students will appreciate.’
The idea for a new uniform took shape last year, when 60 year nine textile students came up with individual designs.
These were whittled down to three after a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to a team of governors and school leaders, before approaching the supplier Penelope Ann who combined the designs to come up with a range of practical options for the whole school community to vote on.
Student Hannah Wright, 12, is a big fan of the new uniform.
She said: ‘I love it – I really didn’t like the old uniform at all because it wasn’t smart.
‘I think it’s important to wear a uniform that makes you feel good about yourself and means you can hold our head up high.’
David Jeapes, the school’s newly-appointed headteacher, said: ‘The students are very enthusiastic about their new uniform and I think it will help them be ambassadors for the school. It’s wonderful to see them take the initiative in such a positive way.’
The new uniform including optional cardigan and jumper costs £60, compared to £40 for the old one.