11:09AM, Thursday 29 October 2015
Young students in Zambia could soon be wearing a set of bright red jumpers following a donation from an Old Windsor school.
St Peter’s Church of England Middle School, in Crimp Hill, decided to change its uniforms for the start of the new term in September to mark the school’s switch to academy status.
It replaced its red jumpers with navy blue blazers accompanied by a purple trim as well as pleated skirts, mid-grey trousers, uniform backpacks and gold and purple ties.
But with 230 spare uniforms on its hands, staff and governors at the school set about finding some students who would benefit from the unwanted items.
A school in a Zambian village was identified as a worthy recipient of the clothes.
Staff at the school asked parents to rummage through their drawers and send in any unwanted jumpers, skirts or trousers to help with the aid effort.
Dozens of bags were collected and the school is now putting the finishing touches to arrangements to ship the uniforms out to the African nation.
The uniforms should arrive at their destination, north of the country’s capital Lusaka, by spring.
Headteacher Sharon Yardley said: “It is very humbling seeing the students and their parents rally round this project and help those who are in more need than themselves.”
She also thanked school governor Susan Newell for finding a suitable school to receive the unwanted uniforms.
Student Rebecca McGurdy, 13, added: “I love the new uniform and it’s great that our old uniform is going to be used properly by people in Africa.”
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