It’s out with the old, in with the blue for Hewett - what do you think of Norwich school’s new uniform?
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A school that has been at the centre of a controversial academy switch has taken the next step in its transformation - by launching a new uniform.
The Hewett Academy, Norwich, formerly the Hewett School, has announced that as of November 16, its colours will change, as its new uniform was officially unveiled.
Having officially re-opened as an academy in September, the school had agreed to retain the current uniform initially to give pupils and parents alike the opportunity to air their views, though it did maintain that the dress code was under review.
Last month, the student's school council called unanimously for an updated uniform, with nine of the 14 representatives electing that the uniform consists of shirt, blazer and tie.
Further discussions resulted in the colour scheme and design of the uniform, which features a blue blazer, a yellow and blue tie and grey trousers or skirts. It replaces the previous uniform of a burgundy polo shirt or sweatshirt and black trousers or skirt.
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Sixth-formers will not be required to wear the uniform, but all other pupils will receive a free set of the new uniforms, including the new PE kit. However, additional sets must be bought.
Principal Tom Leverage said: 'Since we opened Hewett Academy together in September, one of the things I've been most asked about is our uniform.
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'We have listened to the views of parents and pupils and there has been a common feeling that most would welcome a refreshed uniform that reflects the renewed pride we all feel in our school.'
The uniform was unveiled at an open evening event for parents of pupils joining the school next September.
Mr Leverage added: 'Parents said they were really impressed with the vision for the school and many said they appreciated the smart new uniform.'
However, the uniform was not unanimously met with approval from parents. The timing of the uniform change has been criticised, as well as the decision to release the uniform through a single provider,
Lynsey White, who campaigned against the school's academisation said: 'It's hideous. Changing the uniform is thoughtless and shows no consideration to parents, or the fact that there is a need for pupils to have more than one set.
'It also takes away from the school's identity. Formerly people would see children in burgundy and immediately knew they were Hewett kids. It's very frustrating.'
Another parent said: 'The uniform has not been sourced from easily accessible shops such as supermarkets; the cost and how its introduction might affect all those concerned has not been considered.
'Ensuring the education at The Hewett Academy is being developed correctly under Inspiration Trust should surely be the priority and not spending money on uniform. Forcing this through so quickly is time and money which would be better directed towards education.'