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A secondary headteacher has defended a decision to introduce a new school uniform despite protests from some parents about the change.

Your Local Paper was contacted by a mum who said there were strong feelings against the new uniform for Marshland High School in West Walton which she said was more expensive and looked “ugly”.

The mum said the new garments were “three times the price” and that shirts were the only item parents could shop around for as the rest had to be purchased from one supplier.

The school is to provide one core set of uniform free but the mum said this wouldn’t be enough.

“I have a son and he needs at least three pairs of trousers, will need two blazers and a clean shirt everyday,” she said, adding pupils also needed PE kit, shoes and sports shoes.

She said the old black uniform looked “much smarter” than the new grey.

Parents set up a Facebook forum page to canvas opinions and make their views known and signed a petition.

Headteacher Craig Jansen told YLP: “We aspire for every student, irrespective of their socio-economic background, to have the best educational experience possible, and believe uniform strengthens a sense of unity and values.

“The new uniforms, which are being phased in, are the result of a 12-month consultation process, including a meeting to hear parents’ views, which was attended by fewer than 20 parents, out of a potential audience of 324 families.

“The uniforms we have chosen are durable and good value for money, with only a minimal number of items being branded. 

“The school is providing a set of the new core uniform (jacket/trousers or skirt and school tie) free for every child. 

“In addition to this, the school provides families who feel they need it, with up to a 75 per cent financial contribution towards additional uniform items.

“We are proud of our work, achievements and inclusivity at Marshland, and want our pupils and their families to feel the same way, and believe a uniform code is a key element to this.”

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