My School has suddenly decided to change its uniform policies. Why has this change happened now? Chinos have always been an acceptable clothing item but due to a recent OFSTED inspection we now are being told that these are unacceptable and anyone found in such items will be sent home or forced to change into something more appropriate in school.
This should not affect post 16 students as we are here by CHOICE, not by legal legislation, therefore as long as we are not outrageous in our fashion CHOICES, surely we should, within reason, be allowed to CHOOSE what WE want to wear.
As sixth form students are at the school by choice yes, however, we are attending an institute who have a policy for ALL students who attend, luckily we do not have to wear the uniform that lower year students have to wear, and we can wear mostly what we like, so long as it is business dress. I think chinos personally aren't that bad, sometimes they look quite smart, however I don't think they really count as business dress and this is probably why your school has changed it. I think it's a perfectly logical choice and should be accepted by you.
Yes, although they are not formally listed as business dress, we have the right to free will and freedom of expression, which can be expressed in the fashion choices we make. So yes, as an institution they do have the legal power to try and pressure us into wearing a smarter more 'businesswear' looking uniform but can they really deny us our freedom to express ourselves? As to your point regarding the lower years, we should be allowed to wear chinos as well as other various trousers in order to disassociate ourselves with the younger students so they can us a level of authority with more power and responsibility than themselves.
I do not see how wearing non-business uniform is setting an example to the younger students of the school, if anything we would be promoting that not wearing uniform is a great idea and you should break the rules. Also the school is not "pressuring" you, you have a choice to follow their rules or find another institution that has a different policy, you don't have to stay in something if you find it wrong. You can still express yourself with sixth form uniform, there's some patterns of different shirts that you can get. I think you may be a tad overreacting with this, appealing to emotion it seems.