Facelift for JCSC

Posted on 09th June 2011 | in Education , James Calvert Spence College - Acklington Rd

As students at JCSC broke up for the Easter half term, decorators were brought into the Acklington Road site to begin its transformation.

A democratic election was held a few weeks ago by school council members for students to vote on the new uniform and the new federation colour.

The vote was open to students at Acklington Road, Hadston Road and South Avenue sites. The styles of the uniform ranged from a very smart blazer and dress pants, to basically the same as we have now; a jumper and a polo shirt. There was also a more casual take on the uniform which was the option of having jumpers, cardigans and tank tops. The colour scheme, however, was less broad with the options of plum purple, blue, grey and black.

The chosen colour was plum purple, meaning that that is our main federation colour. However, when it came to deciding on the actual uniform it was a split vote; our Acklington Road site chose blazers, whereas, the Hadston and South Avenue sites chose jumpers and polo shirts.

A small student committee on Friday 6th May, made a decision.  Our students in Years 5 and 6 will wear black trousers, a white shirt, a tie and a grey V-neck sweater. Students in Years 7 to 11 will have a more formal approach; they will wear the same as years 5 and 6, but the V-neck jumper will be optional and a black blazer will be compulsory. A scarf for girls, in the same colour as the tie, will also be available.

As the students chose plum purple as their main preference the site has been transformed to reflect this. Returning to school, we students found that the foyer had been completely re-designed; the walls have been painted purple and a new grey carpet complements this. There are also plans to install a huge reception desk, similar to those in our South Avenue and Hadston Road sites. One sixth former said: “it looks like a leisure centre”, whilst another said: “it looks like a completely different building”.

There are more changes. Our sixth form study area has also begun its transformation. There is a brand new carpet downstairs and the large bookshelves which took up the majority of the room have also been removed, giving sixth formers more room to study.

These steps are just the start of the federation’s transformation, but we’re sure that they won’t be the last.

Cheryl Carruthers

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One thought on "Facelift for JCSC"

  1. alan says:

    What a waste of money! They can paint it any colour they like, they can change the uniform until they blue in the face BUT unless something is done about the attitude and behaviour of the pupils, Coquet High School will never progress.

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