Oldfield School pupils opt for a formal look
It's not perhaps the answer you'd expect from teenagers asked to design their own school uniform.
But youngsters at a Bath secondary school have opted for more formal garb as they start a new academic year.
Blazers and ties will now be worn at Oldfield School in Kelston Road after a uniform shake-up which coincides with the first boys being taught there.
The school, which became an academy a year ago, asked pupils to come up with ideas for the new uniform.
They were first of all asked whether they wanted to replace the existing sweatshirt/polo shirt with a more formal regime. Head teacher Kim Sparling said: "Fairly early on, the majority of students indicated that they wanted to move to a more formal uniform, so this meant that when our open evening was held last September, we were able to tell potential parents of the plans for the new uniform."
Student representatives from the school council then looked at different designs and colours and eventually came up with two alternative uniforms which were made up by a supplier to be modelled in a school assembly.
Younger students then voted on the issue, choosing a navy blue jacket with white braiding, navy trousers or skirt, a navy and white striped tie and a grey v-necked sweater.
Mrs Sparling added: "Everyone who has seen the new uniform has said how smart the students look.
"I'm extremely impressed with the design which students have chosen."
The uniform is compulsory for students in Year 7 but many older pupils are also choosing to wear the new clothing.
The students have also designed a new PE kit to accompany the completion of the school's new sports hall.