'Woke' sixth form students revolt over new 'smart dress' code

‘Woke’ sixth form students revolt over new ‘smart dress’ code of blazers, shirts, ties and heels – saying it ‘infringes on their freedom’ and makes them ‘feel insecure’

  • More than 300 people signed a plea for Brakenhale School to drop dress code 
  • New policy asks students to wear smart shirts, ties, blazers, chinos and jumpers 
  • Students claim this ‘infringes on the freedom’ they expected at the Sixth Form

Furious students have launched a petition calling for their school to abolish its new ‘smart’ dress code, claiming the formal wear ‘infringes on their freedom.’

More than 300 people have signed a desperate plea for Brakenhale School in Berkshire to abandon its updated Sixth Form uniform policy.

New rules tell A-level students to don their own ‘formal wear,’ including chinos, shirts, ties, blazers and jumpers, from the start of the school year in September. 

The school also suggests low heels and boat shoes, while only allowing ‘natural hair colours’ and ‘simple piercings’ for pupils while at Sixth Form.

Pupils aged 16 to 18 will not be permitted to wear ‘unsuitable’ items such as hoodies, sweatshirts, jeans, jogging bottoms, activewear, leggings and trainers.     

More than 300 people have signed a desperate plea for Brakenhale School in Berkshire (above) to abandon its updated Sixth Form uniform policy

Students say the updated dress policy will make pupils feel ‘insecure’, claiming those who applied to the Sixth Form weren’t made aware of the changes. 

The petition states: ‘This dress code infringes on the freedom that we supposedly get at sixth form and as a result it forces students to wear clothing that may make them feel uncomfortable and possibly insecure.

‘Additionally, for families that struggle financially this can be a great burden to them as they are now required to buy more expensive clothes for their children.

‘Please abolish or make more allowances to this dress code to give students more freedom and confidence, and to reduce the financial burden on many families.’

New rules tell A-level students to don their own ‘formal wear,’ including chinos, shirts, ties, blazers and jumpers, from the start of the school year in September. Pictured: Stock image

Pupils aged 16 to 18 will not be permitted to wear ‘unsuitable’ items such as hoodies, sweatshirts, jeans, jogging bottoms, activewear, leggings and trainers. Pictured: Stock image

However, an email from the school seen by Bracknell News says the change will help students get ready for the world of work as ‘this dress code is required in many professional working environments.’

A spokesperson for Brakenhale School said: ‘The Brakenhale School has communicated directly with parents, carers and students regarding the expectations of the sixth form dress code in September.

‘If any parents, carers or students have concerns, they should contact the school directly.’

Two years ago, the school was forced into a U-turn after it tried to ban beards.

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