A new School uniform is in the offing
It is not just the Centre for Learning that will mark out 2018 as a year for change. September will also see the culmination of a once-in-a generation school uniform change, designed to reflect fully the stance of Downe House as an innovative 21st century girls’ boarding school.
In the wake of the 2017 rebrand, which stamped a new visual identity on the School, the uniform update will complete this project and allow the girls themselves to mirror the new brand, already incorporated successfully into all aspects of School life.
The consultation process for the new design involved the girls themselves as well as parents and staff, who wanted to see the introduction of colour in the top-to-toe green uniform, moving away from the current red striped blazer, and a more tailored silhouette. Gone will be the boxy blazer in favour of a fitted one; the current kilts will be replaced with a neater, zipped kilt in a smart tartan, and the slightly starchy shirts will be superseded by soft cotton pale blue blouses. The call for a smarter, more modern, fitted and colourful look has been answered.
The new Remove (Year 7) will be the first to wear the new uniform in full in September 2018, with the rest of the School from Lower Fourth to Lower Fifth wearing the new blazer in combination with the current skirt. Assistant Headmistress (Foundation), Mrs Michelle Scott, commented, “Looking back over our School archives, it’s fascinating to see how the uniform has evolved over the last century and to note what an exciting moment this represents in building our School brand in the modern age.”