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A Burntwood school has confirmed it will change its name and uniform.
In a letter to parents, Chase Terrace Technology College’s headmaster said it planned to become Chase Terrace Academy from 1st September.
The change will also mean new uniforms for pupils when the new academic year starts.
Executive headteacher Dr Stuart Jones said:
“We are writing to inform you of our decision to make changes to the school uniform and brand for Chase Terrace Technology College.
“The school has, over the last year, had a new leadership structure and has reinforced our strongly ambitious expectations for all our students.
“As part of this rebranding Chase Terrace Technology College will become Chase Terrace Academy from September 2020.”Dr Stuart Jones, Chase Terrace Technology College
The move means both of Burntwood’s secondary schools will now be badged as academies after Erasmus Darwin Academy switched from its previous title of Chasetown High School.
The uniform changes will impact most students, with some made exempt.
Dr Jones added:
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“We recognise that parents may be intending to buy uniforms very soon for the new academic year in September and want to ensure we have given them enough time to plan these purchases.
“We have carefully considered the costs and value for money for the new uniform and have ensured that products can be bought from a range of outlets at no more cost than the current uniform.
“We have not applied these changes to current year 10 students as we understand that purchasing new uniform would not give value for money, given that students would only wear the items for part of one year.”Dr Stuart Jones, Chase Terrace Technology College
The school said it also intended to change uniform policy for girls trousers to ensure equality.
PE kits will not change, although a new logo will see old versions phased out as children grow out of them.
Existing school hoodies will only be able to be worn in PE classes from September.
Dr Jones said:
“Having spoken to many parents with regards to the changes and taking opinions on board, we would like to thank parents and carers for their continued support fo the school.”Dr Stuart Jones, Chase Terrace Technology College