A History Of Rebellion And Conformity

- Aug 09, 2017 -

   Picture school uniforms from the past and the top hats and tails of Tom Brown's Schooldays or the cheeky cap-throwing of Just William may come to mind.

But in fact, according to historians, school uniforms began life not amid the traditions of the English public school but among charity schools

London citizens provided the children with clothes - notably a long blue coat - which led to the famous nickname for such institutions - "Bluecoat schools".

It states: "At weekends and during holidays, it is left to the discretion of parents whether the uniform be worn or not, but it is particularly insisted the uniform should be worn in its entirety or not at all."

"Uniforms give schools a sense of identity and cohesion," said author and historian Alexander Davidson.

"When some aspects of society have become much less certain, uniforms suggest schools are there to provide certainty and order."

Pupils at Cottingham High School modelling their new designer uniform

Pupils at a school

"It is important to stick to our historic traditions, not only to be unique and special, but it makes a sort of unity between us," said one.

"I personally feel proud walking around in my uniform, despite what people might say."

Children in the Christ's Hospital uniform today

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