Alternative smart uniform proposed for Huntingdon school which keeps heritage bottle green colour

Farren's design of uniform for Hinchingbrooke School Farren's design of uniform for Hinchingbrooke School

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
11:49 AM

This is The Hunts Post’s alternative uniform students at Hinchingbrooke School could wear to keep the school’s heritage alive.

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Ex pupil Farren Phillips, from Huntingdon, with her design for the Hinchingbrooke School uniform.Ex pupil Farren Phillips, from Huntingdon, with her design for the Hinchingbrooke School uniform.

As reported in last week’s paper, the Huntingdon school plans to ditch bottle green as its main uniform colour as it looks to make the gradual move in September from jumpers to blazers, smartening up the look for pupils.

Parents were outraged about the uniform change when they found out on the last day of term (April 4). The Hinchingbrooke green would be gone, replaced by a black blazer, grey jumper with green stripe and grey trousers or grey tartan skirt for girls.

We asked Farren Phillips, an art student at Huntingdonshire Regional College, to design a school uniform which ticks the boxes important to parents who have contacted this newspaper – it needs to be smart and it needs to be green – in the hope principal Andrew Goulding will have a rethink.

Farren, who left Hinchingbrooke last year, told The Hunts Post: “I was quite disappointed when I saw that the school was changing its colour. I think it’s a nice colour for the school and different compared to the other schools in the area.”

She added: “I started by looking at what young people wear and they do wear formal clothes too. I looked at a range of options, it didn’t necessarily have to be a blazer but I thought it was an option that people would wear.

“I included the piping and ties in house colours because it would be something unique for students to wear and something trendy as piping is quite fashionable.”

The 18-year-old, of Silver Birch Place, Huntingdon, continued: “I showed a range of designs to my brothers who are still at Hinchingbrooke and some friends who are at sixth form before completing my favoured design. They were disappointed that the green had been dropped but they liked the green blazer and the piping as well as the pockets, which are also handy for people.”

Farren, who came third in the college’s Lions’ Den entrepreneur event for her custom bow-tie firm Bow-Bot, said: “I also showed them a design with a bow tie as well but they didn’t like that one!”

The planned uniform change is to be phased in beginning in September with Years 7, 9 and 10 wearing the new look. Year 8 pupils will have until the summer term in 2015 to adopt it. Year 11 students will be exempt.

What do you think of this new look? Should the school adopt Farren’s deisgn? Send you views to editor@huntspost.co.uk including your name and address.

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