Pupils to don purple uniform at new Durham Free School

From left: Charlotte Whitfield, Elijah Delaponosta, Samantha Keeley, Owen Mahaffey and Kitty Tilder model their new uniforms and PE kit for the Durham Free School.
From left: Charlotte Whitfield, Elijah Delaponosta, Samantha Keeley, Owen Mahaffey and Kitty Tilder model their new uniforms and PE kit for the Durham Free School.
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YOUNGSTERS have been stepping out to show off the uniform for the region’s newest school.

Earlier this month The Durham Free School got the official go-ahead to start teaching in the new academic year.

It is set to open with just 30 Year 7 students in the former Durham Gilesgate Sports College buildings in two weeks and will grow with each new intake.

Pupils went along to try out their new uniforms in the main colours of purple, black and grey.

The school has gone for a traditional shirt and tie look and the blazer has been embroidered with the Durham Free School logo which reflects its historic location and inclusive Christian ethos.

For sport, the children will wear black and purple rugby shirts, purple polo shirts, black shorts and purple hoodies and parents have been advised on the type of coat, shoes and bags the children should have.

Headteacher Peter Cantley said: “We believe that a great uniform helps to engender a sense of pride among pupils and builds a strong identity for the school. Our uniform will complement and enhance our children’s educational experience and give them a sense of belonging and high standards that is so important to our vision for The Durham Free School.”

Pupil Kitty Tilder, 11, from Durham, said: “I really like the uniform. I think we all look very smart.”

As part of its commitment to remove any barriers to success, the school has a bursary fund available for families on a low income or with financial difficulties.

Earlier this month the school received both a clean bill of health from Ofsted to go ahead with the opening and its funding agreement with the Department of Education.

The school will be housed in the Gilesgate buildings as a temporary measure while a new site is found to the south east of the city.

An open evening will be held at the school on Wednesday, September 25, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, for anyone interested in their child joining in September 2014.