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Uniform – but stylish?


Recently many negative comments have been scribbled in year seven student planners about uniform; short ties, top buttons undone, skirts rolled up, and make-up. Harrogate Grammar Students complain and hide from teachers in case they spot their improperly worn uniform. Its not just in year seven though, I see many  year 10 and 11 students  with heavy out lined eyes and 3 stripe long ties, but they hardly ever get stopped. I think the skirts for girls should be shortened by a couple of cm to satisfy girls and save them from getting ‘negs’. Our ties should be allowed to be shorter because they look ridiculous so long. I agree no make-up should be worn because it might damage the image of our school.

If you went around school assessing how many HGS students were wearing correct uniform, you wouldn’t find many because no teenager wears skirts around their knees or ties touching the top of their skirts or trousers. I asked “normal” year seven students their opinion, “it isn’t fair that we have to stick by rules, we should be allowed to express ourselves for who we are.”. To make sure it wasn’t just girls who thought this I also asked a boy in my form who said “I think its a good uniform as it is very formal and is suited for special occasions, I don’t think there is much problem with it but it would be better if we could wear hats and coats”.

So there are mixed opinions about Grammar uniform but there seem to be more wishes than stars.  My opinion of the uniform has already been expressed through my article but I have to admit they are very smart and make us look more efficient  The question though, is what is Harrogate Grammar going to do?

By Emily Louise Spurling