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Why do pupils love being tied to a school uniform?

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When I was growing up in the 1980s, going to Westhill Academy would have been my idea of heaven. The Aberdeenshire school had a no-school-uniform policy, ideal for me: I could barely make it into the school grounds without being told to take the band badges off my lapels, do up my tie or wear a blazer.

I was not alone in my disdain for this symbol of subjugation – I had classmates who burned the hated uniform on the last day of school. But today, when my children come in from school, they have to be persuaded to change.

Meanwhile, the 2018 pupils of Westhill have decided to introduce their ...

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