We’ve chosen our new look

Student council members with the ballot box and choices of new uniform, are, from the left, back,  Bethany Stamp, 14, Mobeen Hussain, 15, Joe Cotton, 15, Jack Prince, 14, Elise Matthews, 13, and Beth Sutcliffe, 13, and, front, Callum Allan, 12, Hizzer Hussain, 13, and Sarah Alderson, 12
Student council members with the ballot box and choices of new uniform, are, from the left, back, Bethany Stamp, 14, Mobeen Hussain, 15, Joe Cotton, 15, Jack Prince, 14, Elise Matthews, 13, and Beth Sutcliffe, 13, and, front, Callum Allan, 12, Hizzer Hussain, 13, and Sarah Alderson, 12

THE votes have been cast, they’ve been counted and verified, and the winner is...a little royal blue number.

Pupils at Calder High School have spent weeks designing, planning and voting for their new school uniform.

Hundreds of students submitted ideas before the newly reformed Student Council shortlisted the best ideas and had three prototypes made by the suppliers.

Parents, staff, students and governors from the Mytholmroyd school then had a fortnight to vote for their favourite.

Head teacher Carol Spillane said: “There has been real excitement about the design and vote for a new uniform and plenty of heated debate.

“We had lots of discussion about our values and what we stand for and what we should look like and how we should present ourselves.”

The winner was a royal blue v-neck jumper, shirt and tie, worn with black trousers or skirt. An optional outdoor fleece is also available.

It won by a landslide, with 193 more votes than the second place option.

They discounted a polo shirt, or a dark blue blazer.

The new uniform will be available for all Year 7 to 11 pupils from September but will be optional for Year 11 students - who only have one year left in their uniforms.

Mrs Spillane said: “Hundreds of students submitted designs. It’s been wonderful. It really is about student choice. It’s how they want to present Calder High to the community when they represent the school at functions and sporting events.”

It was hoped the decision would help students experience a real voting process..

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