Your Say

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Your Say

Marine Park First School
Park Road
Whitley Bay
United Kingdom, NE26 1LT

Tel: 0191 2008723

[email protected]

Back to Your Say PageUniform Proposal Results Summer 2012

Notes:

The % results have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Therefore totals may not always add up to exactly 100.

The results of this questionnaire and all other “Your Say” exercises are published on the school website.

Results of the Consultation:

 

477 parents/carers, pupils, staff and governors completed and returned the questionnaire. We are grateful that so many of you took the time to respond.

· There was broad consistency of results across most groups.

· In all groups (with the exception of pupils in year 4) more than half of those that replied support the proposal and less than one quarter do not support the proposal.

· 61% of parents/carers support the proposal with staff overwhelmingly supporting the proposal.

 

The issue generated some strong feelings amongst parents in particular. The table below is a  summary of the written submissions we received from parents/carers, staff and governors.

 

What next:

The results of this consultation were shared with the curriculum sub-committee on Tuesday 1st May. They have asked the school  to explore the proposal further so that a final decision can be made when all of the Governors meet on Tuesday the 15th of May. Should the governors support the proposal we need to be able decide which colour to phase in over time.

If the decision is made to change to one colour it will be phased in gradually. The school will only sell one colour of uniform to parents of pupils new to the school and to those purchasing replacement uniforms. Current pupils can continue to wear existing colours/uniform (and that of their siblings). Some pupils and parents may wish to change to the single colour from September onwards but there would be no compulsion to do so.

We look forward to hearing your views.

Text Box: Governors met on the 15th of May to consider the proposal to phase in one colour of uniform. 
Governors considered the  proposal carefully and felt that there was broad support for a change to the current uniform policy. As such governors decided to go ahead with the proposal and phase in a single red uniform colour. The school will now only sell red uniform and white polo shirts to pupils new to the school.  Current pupils can continue to wear existing uniform (and that of their siblings) but when purchasing replacement uniform we ask that you purchase red sweatshirts and white polo shirts. Likewise, pupils can continue to wear summer dresses, cardigans and knitwear but when purchasing replacement items we ask that you purchase red summer dresses, cardigans and knitwear. 
We are currently developing the facility to order uniform online. More details will be sent out when the system is up and running.
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Proposal:

Do you support a proposal to move to one colour of uniform

 

Support

Do not support

No preference either way

Pupils

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Pupils

97

53%

41

22%

45

25%

Pupils in Year 4

16

42%

13

34%

9

23%

Overall Results

113

51%

54

24%

54

24%

Proposal:

Do you support a proposal to move to one colour of uniform

 

Support

Do not support

No preference either way

Parents/carers

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Pupils Nursery to Year 3 

115

62%

36

19%

35

19%

Pupils in Year 4

22

59%

9

24%

6

16%

Overall Results

137

61%

45

16%

41

16%

Proposal:

Do you support a proposal to move to one colour of uniform

 

Support

Do not support

No preference either way

Staff/Governors

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Overall Results

31

94%

0

0%

2

6%

Proposal:

Do you support a proposal to move to one colour of uniform

 All results combined

Support

Do not support

No preference either way

Pupils, parents/carers, staff and governors

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Overall Results

281

59%

99

21%

97

20%

Comments for :

Would look smarter (x5).

Please consider introducing a new colour/ one colour per year group.

It would create a better first impression when representing the school.

Welcome the move to one colour (x5).

Gives school and pupils a greater identity (x8).

A uniform should be uniform-the same for all pupils

One colour would give a better impression.

It currently looks odd with so many colours.

Children will be easier to identify when out of school.

Strongly agree that it reflects high standards (x3).

I agree with the staff view (x3).

It would be easier for school and parents.

It will help to develop a sense of pride.

One colour would bring the school together.

My child says, “We would all look better if we wore the same colour”

It would look better.

My child says she would like everyone to wear the same colour.

Good idea

One colour would reflect the great children of Marine Park.

As a new parent I found it confusing with having a choice and one colour would give the school a stronger identity.

The uniform is currently all over the place.

The current mix of colours can give the wrong impression of standards and behaviour which I know is exemplarary.

Excellent idea

Comments against:

 Currently system makes school unique.

Current system = lots of options– unnecessary change for no obvious reason (x2)

My child and I like to be able to choose.

A strict uniform policy is more important in middle school upwards.

Current system provides choice and easy to buy.

Current systems allow for individuality.

Great to have choice whilst still looking like going to school.

School should be flexible.

We are vehemently opposed to the notion that total homogeneity of appearance amongst the children should be taken as commensurate with , or as an indicator of, high standards of behaviour and attainment. A rigid uniform policy can be exclusionary and highlight social-economic difference.

Having more than one colour makes the children look lively, interesting and individual-it also helps staff tell twins apart. N.B. Enforcing a uniform code on the grounds of external perceptions of intellectual and behavioural ability sounds discriminatory to us.

A mix of colours makes it easier for pupils to find their friends.

Cost to parents should be considered.

It makes it easer to identify our own children– imagine 500 all the same. It isn't broke and we like it.

Let children dress according to their personality.

School standards are not set by the colour of the uniform. Marine Park is a massively successful school because its standards and expectation are already very high.

Any other comments

Why is this issue a priority (x2)?

Happy to go with school decision/majority (x4)

Please phase in gradually

A phased move would support families with more than one child

Would children be able to wear jumpers without a badge, cardigans, summer dresses?

Please provide clear guidelines.

My child is in Y4 so it won’t really affect him.

 

Number

%

Red

128

43%

Royal Blue

57

19%

Navy Blue

76

26%

No Preference

37

12%

Total Number of responses

298