A sixth form student at Wadham School has raised a petition to open a discussion on the school’s decision to change the colour of uniform trousers and skirts from black to grey and ban the use of mobile phones on site. Although the changes will not directly affect the student when they come into force in September, there is great concern that this is not addressing the issues at hand and that non-uniform items can still be found in grey by students who do not comply with the uniform rules, so will not eliminate the problem.
A suggestion has been made on the petition, which is in the public domain and can be seen at www.change.org that students who do not wear school uniform should be, “dealt with in a stricter manner rather than transferring the reasonable rules already set in place that the majority of students do follow.” With regard to the ban of mobile phone usage, students believe that, “trust should be developed between students and teachers and that banning mobile phones regresses the independence and maturity the teachers are supposed to be encouraging.”
None of the students are denying that their generation spends too much time on mobile phones but state that not every student uses them in the classroom. The petition suggests that, “it should be the teacher’s responsibility to confiscate the phones of those who do, rather than punishing all students with a total ban.” A letter has been sent by Wadham School to the families of all students at the Crewkerne school which according to the sixth former’s petition on the ‘world’s platform for change’ states that the school wants to, “avoid the debate around what is and isn’t acceptable.” Judging on the hundreds that are signing the online petition, a debate is what the majority of students are asking for, in the hope that both students and teachers can reach a satisfactory compromise.