A SCHOOL in Worcester is changing its name and uniform from September.

Dines Green Community Academy will make the change on the first day of the new school year, but is going to keep it a secret as a surprise to pupils and parents.

Headteacher Andrew Morley confirmed the school had informed parents and was working to make sure there would be a free jumper and polo shirt for every pupil when they start back in September.

He said: "I am excited about the opportunities this investment represents for the future of our school.

"We are now working closely with our pupils and their parents every step of the way as we navigate this journey of evolution together with optimism and confidence.”

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The new uniform will be introduced from September and this will consist of a jumper with the school badge, which will be given to each pupil from the Mercian Educational Trust, in addition to a new pale blue polo shirt sponsored by Tracy Lowe of Lowe’s Family Solicitors in Worcester.  

Dines Green Community Academy was formed by an amalgamation of Dines Green Junior and Infants departments back in 1983.

In 2018, Dines Green Primary joined Mercian Education Trust, which also includes Somers Park School, Great Malvern Primary and Malvern Vale Primary.

News of the change was welcomed by Dines Green councillor Richard Udall, who used some of his council funding to help pay for some of the uniforms.

He said he was glad to see parents being informed and that uniform was being provided.

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He added: "I'm pleased to say nothing will be rushed, parents will be consulted and changes will be made which are in line with the principle of affordability.

"We are working to achieve something special, a new school going forward with a new image, a new style and a new beginning.

"Dines Green School will never be forgotten, but the new school will be a new educational resource which will help give new life long opportunities to local children."