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Last Updated: Thursday January 10 2008 17:10 GMT

Children demand school ties

School ties

Kids often get in trouble for not wearing the proper uniform, but pupils at an Essex primary school are trying to make their uniform more proper!

The children demanded the right to wear ties and, even though some teachers weren't keen on the idea, they pressed on and got them.

Dozens of them turned up to lessons wearing green and yellow striped ties.

Newsround went to the school to find out why ties are the thing to be seen in at Pitsea Junior.

Nine-year-old Chloe said she wears one because it makes her feel more confident about herself, and her school.

Chloe, 9
Chloe

She said: "It also makes me work harder.

"I'm going to have to wear one in senior school anyway," she added.

But not all the kids are wearing one.

Michael, who's also nine, is one of them. He said he doesn't wear a tie because he thinks the uniform is smart enough already.

'Get away with it'

He told Newsround: "I'm going to have to wear one in senior school anyway, so while I can get away with it, I might as well not wear one."

Michael, 9
Michael

The school has never had a tie as part of its uniform, which is made up of green sweatshirts, yellow or white polo shirts and grey or black trousers.

Head teacher Alison Blant said: "There were concerns - such as the children pulling each other's ties or the ties going missing.

"After PE lessons, it would be something else to think about when getting changed."

Blazer

But after talking to the kids, the school's teachers and governors agreed to bring in ties for those who wanted them.

The school has now sold 100 ties and more than half its 174 pupils turned up wearing one when the new term started.

Some of the kids have now started talking about getting blazers as well!



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