Uniform approach a winner with new pupils
STUDENTS at a city school are being issued with free uniforms before the new term.
Year 7 pupils at All Saints Academy Plymouth, the Church of England sponsored secondary school in Pennycross, have been given free uniform.
Misha Watson is one of the students who picked up her free school uniform and pencil case.
The Saltash 11-year-old said: "I can't wait until September!" I'm looking forward to seeing the friends I made at summer school as well as making new ones," the former Bishop Cornish Church of England Primary School pupil added.
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Saving families in the region of £80 per child, the gesture was welcomed by parents.
Rebecca Parry from West Park, mother of 11-year-old James Massey, said: "It's amazing and saves a lot of money."
The free uniform initiative aims to reflect All Saints Academy Plymouth's commitment to invest heavily in its students, raise aspirations and expectation in every facet of school life.
To ensure the new Year 7s take ownership of the academy's standards, codes of conduct and discipline and ethos, parents and students met face to face with All Saints Academy Plymouth's principal Pete Grainger on collection of their free school uniforms ahead of the new academic year.
"Due to economies of scale All Saints Academy Plymouth can buy the uniform cheaper in bulk and pass on those savings.
"Feedback from families is very positive, particularly where budgeting is a high priority.
"They support the academy's high quality standards and are glad to have one less thing to organise."
The school governors introduced the free uniform policy in 2010 when the sponsored academy officially opened.
"Students helped design the uniform and badge and they wear it with great pride," Mr Grainger said.
"We think it provides a real sense of identity with the school and their learning family.
"Smart and business like, it helps maintain standards and prepares pupils for the future and the world of work," he added.
The school uniform comprises a blazer, jumper, tie, and full PE kit.