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Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Pupils in uniforms protest
Pupils at Trinty Catholic Technical College in Leamington protest against uniforms
Pupils say uniforms will stifle individuality
Pupils at a Warwickshire school have protested against plans for a uniform that they say will destroy the relaxed atmosphere at their school.

Dozens of teenagers at Trinity Catholic Technology College in Royal Leamington Spa missed the first lesson on Tuesday in protest.

The school is introducing a uniform from September next year for years seven to 11, ending a tradition of casual clothing.

The decision was made by governors despite a survey opposing the change.

One of the protestors, pupil Aya Collins, said: "The whole ethos of the school is to individualism and it feels like they are taking that away by making us wear a uniform."

Poster against uniforms
Pupils will wear uniforms next year

Another pupil, Rebecca Ward, agreed: "The whole mood of the school will change.

"Everybody's going like 'dohh, we're in uniform' instead of 'I'm wearing what I want, I'm happy'."

In May last year a survey of parents, pupils, and staff opposed a change to a uniform.

But last Friday a letter was sent to parents saying the uniform was being introduced.

Some parents supported the protest on Tuesday, including Dave Pratt: "I am delighted that my children go to the school because they have an informal setting with no uniform.

Demeaning messages

"It encourages the children to be confident and they get very good examination results."

Headteacher Catherine Fields said the school governors took the decision a fortnight ago.

She said a lot of the clothes that pupils wore were not suitable for school.

Ms Fields said she did not believe that a uniform suppressed anyone's individuality.

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