Monday, 08 August 2022

New uniforms as school rebrands

A SCHOOL in Henley is rebranding and introducing a new, smarter uniform.

A SCHOOL in Henley is rebranding and introducing a new, smarter uniform.

Badgemore primary in Hop Gardens has a new logo, which will be used on stationery, signage and the children?s uniform from September.

The new design was created by Lisa Wrake, 41, whose six-year-old son Joe is a pupil. Ms Wrake, a multimedia designer who has created artwork for live shows by Gary Barlow and Ed Sheeran, based the new look on the suggestions of a focus group comprising teachers, parents and pupils.

She said: ?The logo hadn?t been looked at for more than 20 years.

?We wanted to retain some of the existing elements, like the badger and colours, but also to visualise our forest school status and woodland location.?

Ms Wrake, who lives in Church Lane, Remenhem, and also has a daughter called Florence at St Mary?s School, added: ?We wanted to reflect the changes happening at Badgemore .Some of the key words I used to work on the logo were ?community, academic excellence, creativity, nature, happy, confidence and visionary?.?

Headteacher Jacky Steele, who joined the school just over a year ago, said: ?I think the new logo is fabulous and it makes it fresh and up to date. It provides a visual representation of the changes to those outside the school.

?We are incredibly grateful to Lisa Wrake for what she has done, which has been wonderful for the school.? The new uniform features white button-up shirts and ties that will replace the existing burgundy polo shirts.

Mrs Steele said: ?The parents were sent a survey and said they preferred to change to a shirt and tie, which should look really smart. There will be a short period between now and September when the children will wear the new and old styles.? Tuc Ahmad, a parent-governor at the school, said: ?The rebrand was a part of an initiative since the new head came to the school to try to refresh the brand. Part of that is the website, part is the uniform and part is the logo and signage.

?We wanted to raise our visibility in the community and to appear more modern and the rebrand has helped us to do that. I am especially proud because all the work has been done voluntarily.?

His son Isaac, seven, said: ?I like the new logo ? it?s definitely better and looks cooler than the old one.

?The new uniform is defintely smarter because we have the shirts. I haven?t tried a tie on yet but I?m excited to look a bit smarter. The new uniform will help the school look smarter to the rest of Henley.?

l In June 2013 Badgemore was given a ?requires improvement? rating by Ofsted.

Since then the school has had two monitoring inspections. The most recent one, in December, found that improvements were ?taking the school in the right direction?. These changes included a better pace of learning in maths classes and teachers? lessons better meeting the needs of children.

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