School re­laxes its dress code

Change of mind on sixth form dress

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A GIRLS’ gram­mar school has re­vised its new dress code pro­pos­als af­ter a par­ent and stu­dent out­cry.

Dr Chal­loner’s High, in Cokes Lane, Lit­tle Chal­font had plans to en­force a for­mal uni­form for its sixth for­m­ers from Septem­ber. But par­ents and stu­dents ral­lied to­gether and 763 peo­ple signed an on­line pe­ti­tion against the changes.

As a re­sult, the school has loos­ened its new pol­icy from tai­lored jacket and dress or trousers to any style ex­cept denim or leather cloth­ing.

Par­ents Dr Robin Wal­ters and Pro­fes­sor Alexan­dra Blake­moreWal­ters sent an open let­ter to the head­teacher about the school uni­form pro­pos­als af­ter they were an­nounced at the begin­ning of July.

Mrs Blake­more-Wal­ters said: “It looks to me like there has been a sig­nif­i­cant change. There was the pe­ti­tion, the open let­ter and the news­pa­per ar­ti­cle that all helped.

“It has been a good les­son for the girls in how to or­gan­ise them­selves to bring about change.”

She added: “The girls can wear sim­i­lar to what they wear now, but there are stricter rules about denim, leather and slo­gans on T-shirts.”

One of the rea­sons that the par­ents and stu­dents were an­gry was that they feel they were not con­sulted by the school about the pro­pos­als.

In a let­ter to par­ents dated Tues­day, July 22, head­teacher Ian Cook­sey said as a con­se­quence of feed­back “we have sought to ad­dress some of the con­cerns about the clar­ity of our ex­pec­ta­tions by in­clud­ing greater speci­ficity in our Uni­form & Dress Code Pol­icy

He added: “The de­ci­sion to change the dress code for the sixth form has come in re­sponse to a great deal of parental, staff and stu­dent feed­back over sev­eral years.

“Dur­ing this time, we have con­sid­ered a va­ri­ety of op­tions, in­clud­ing busi­ness dress, which is the norm for many school sixth forms. We be­lieve we have set­tled on an ap­proach which is less pre­scrip­tive than some other schools, but still en­sures the girls are dressed in a smart fashion.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate that there will not be unan­i­mous ap­proval of our ap­proach; we are un­likely to please every­one on this is­sue.” AN ABBEY’S summer fair’s pro­ceeds will go to a chil­dren’s can­cer char­ity.

Mis­senden Abbey in Great Mis­senden will do­nate half the money raised by its fair and craft mar­ket to The Thomas Ball Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund.

The event at­tracted 1,000 vis­i­tors to 70 crafts and entertainment stalls, as well as mu­sic and demon­stra­tions.

The founder of the can­cer fund, Elaine Ball, said: “The high­light of the day for us was know­ing that we had been cho­sen to ben­e­fit from the summer fair and craft mar­ket for a sec­ond year and once again see­ing the gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We made £300 on our tombola stall alone, to add to the amount we will oth­er­wise re­ceive from the day. It was an amaz­ing event and we would like to thank Mis­senden Abbey, the staff, stall­hold­ers and all those who gave their sup­port on the day.

“Just look­ing around at the crowd and see­ing the smiles and laugh­ter con­firmed that the event was a huge suc­cess.”

Mrs Ball set up the char­ity af­ter her son Thomas died from can­cer in 2003, when he was 14.

The mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Mis­senden Abbey Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Katie Shrives, said: “A bril­liant day was had by all and we were all so pleased to be able to once again sup­port The Thomas Ball Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund.”

Con­trib­uted

BRIL­LIANT DAY: and Trevor Ball

Jes­sica Levett of Mis­senden Abbey (left) with Thomas Ball’s par­ents, Elaine

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