Stanley Park High - Name Change Consultation
Thank you to all those who have responded to the name change consultation. As a result of feedback and questions so far, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below:
How much of the uniform would change?
For existing students: the blazer. We propose that the blazer logo changes, but the colour remains. We think that the uniform looks smart and don’t see any reason to alter the basic colours. All other parts of the SPH uniform, including ties, bags and sports tops, will be accepted as currently.
For new students: we propose that the blazer logo will change. Longer term, we will also look at the tie incorporating the logo. Bags and sports tops will also be reviewed so that the logo is consistent across these areas.
Will it be possible to buy sew-on or stick-on badges to go over the SPH logos?
We had hoped that this would be possible. However, the uniform suppliers have explained that any attempt to sew over or glue on would have a very poor finish. We also enquired about re-pocketing. The suppliers explained that this would be expensive and look poor, due to the need to dismantle the lining and pocket, before hand-stitching the replacement and re-attaching the lining. We can look at providing the logo on material if individual parents are confident they have these skills and prefer to do this
Will there be high costs for the school or families due to the name change?
No. We built in a two year period before families would need to replace blazers as most students will have outgrown or worn through theirs by the end of this time frame and would need to replace anyway. The suppliers tell us that October is their low stock month, so planning ahead should mean little waste.
Other changes, such as boards, headed paper and business related materials have to change anyway. This is because the school becomes part of a different organisation and we are required by Company Law to show this on school business materials. Changing the name at this point means we can use changes that have to happen anyway.
Will the Trust just be changing the name or will there be other changes?
The main work of the Trust is to address the issues raised by Ofsted. It wants to see the examination results reflect the best that students can achieve. It also wants to keep the many strengths of the school such as of the excellent relationships and the confidence that so many parents have in the care of their children. Mr Amin has already shared many of his plans and the reasons for this. Our role will be to support these changes and also work with the different teams in the school. Some of this will be very practical: resources, schemes of work and sharing - across the two schools - different ways on how to teach topics that students find difficult. Other priorities will be to build strong structures and systems so that staff have high quality training, are up to date with changing examination expectations and can thus deliver high quality teaching and support for students. The Trust will provide more information on arrangements as these are finalised.
Why can’t the new uniform come in straight away? Or in time for this year’s Year 7 students?
There are several reasons:
The consultation about the school name won’t finish until the end of June. This doesn’t give enough time to decide and order uniform for our new Year 7, many of whom have already bought their uniform
We know that many families will have bought uniform recently; we wouldn’t want to cause unnecessary expense so having a transition period is more sensible.
Our stockists hold a certain amount of uniform already ordered for the new intake. It would be unreasonable to change without giving them due notice and could lead to claims against the school if we were unreasonable.
We tried to see if we could simply replace the logo on existing blazer stock and those owned by families. The uniform suppliers have explained that the current logo would mean that any attempt to sew over or glue on would have a very poor finish. We also enquired about re-pocketing. The suppliers explained that this would be expensive and look poor, due to the need to dismantle the lining and pocket, before handstitching the replacement and re-attaching the lining. This means that change needs replacements rather than adjustment of current uniform and we wanted to avoid this cost.
Would those that knew the school as Stanley Park lose connection with the school?
We very much hope not. Schools go through a variety of incarnations, both in terms of site movement and also names and this does not stop past students keeping in touch.
Is there anything special about Oaks Park?
Oaks Park has some history behind it. The following link shows what Wikipedia says
In addition, it has a range of community facilities, is a large green space and entrances are within easy walking distance of the school
Are students going to be asked their views?
Yes. The school is organising how this will work.