Hinchingbrooke School to keep bottle green within uniform after campaign

09:20 09 May 2014

Huntingdonshire Regional College art student Farren Phillips

Huntingdonshire Regional College art student Farren Phillips's design of uniform for Hinchingbrooke School.

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After pressure from parents, students and The Hunts Post, Hinchingbrooke School has retained its bottle green within the new uniform.

The Huntingdon school outraged parents at the end of the spring term as a letter was sent home about a new uniform which abandoned the green jumpers in favour of a black blazer and grey jumper with grey trousers for boys, and a grey tartan skirt for girls.

A Facebook page entitled Keep Hinchingbrooke School Green formed as a campaign group against ditching the green, attracted more than 1,000 ‘likes’.

On Thursday, Hinchingbrooke updated its new uniform page to include an optional green jumper as part of schoolwear that will be phased in from September.

Girls will also be able to wear grey trousers after some complained about the practicality of skirts.

Another letter was sent last week which said: “Following further discussions, and in deference to the parents who feel particularly attached to the bottle green colour and its association with Hinchingbrooke, we will be offering two versions of the jumper on the [supplier] Price & Buckland website.

“Parents may choose to buy either the grey jumper with a green stripe or a green jumper with a grey stripe, which will further emphasise the green.”

Tracey Pell, whose daughters attend the school, said: “I personally am quite happy with that but I know some do not want the change at all. The kids certainly don’t and some are still very concerned about the cost, but the headteacher has said we have until Easter next year to buy, so it’s a good compromise I suppose.”

Students in Year 7, 9 and 10 in September will wear the uniform from the start of the school year, with those in Year 8 given further grace to wear the current green jumper until the summer term next year. Year 11 pupils will not be required to change their uniform.

The new uniform will cost between £69 and £84 from Price & Buckland, with a cheaper alternative from Tesco.

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  • As a literally Old Huntingdonian from '43-'49, I was appalled that such a change should have even been considered. England is the home of traditions, although even in the '40s there was a slight change to the school uniform, whereby the red border of the blazer was taken off. Possibly then as a wartime measure. Even the red ring on the school cap went. But the red beading has returned - for the girls at least It was a question of pride - to be seen wearing school uniform in the town, which always had to be full uniform - no half measures or the prefects would be down on you like a ton of bricks. Living in Sweden for over fifty years, I still look back with pleasure on my Huntingdonian days, and am actually still in contact with an old classmate - from whom I obtained a copy of the school photo from 1948. Those were the days - and no mistake. Alas the old school on Brampton Road has given place to houses, but the memories remain. Sursum corda pueri, sursum corda puellae. (I think).

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