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Alistair Brownlow, MPhil Biography

Co-Principal at Rochester Independent College
Con to the question "Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?"

“Some English schools (and politicians) see uniform as a quick fix for a range of problems. However, serious discipline and academic issues are unlikely to be solved by nostalgically resurrecting the blazer or draconian decrees issued from the headmaster’s study regarding skirt length.

Students flourish when they’re treated as free-range individuals, rather than battery-hen units that must conform. Examples from around the world show that high standards of discipline, team spirit and attainment are not synonymous with school uniform.

Importantly, the lack of uniform is widely debated among our students – they’re aware of the danger of defining individuality in terms of clothing, and of issues such as body image and self esteem. As media savvy individuals they are suspicious of attempts by some schools to use uniform as part of their corporate identity and brand.”

Telegraph, “Should We Get Rid of School Uniform?,”, Mar. 9, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Principal, Rochester Independent College (UK), Sep. 2002-present
  • Film and English Teacher, Rochester Independent College (UK), 1997-2002
  • Former English Teacher, Russia and Romania
  • MPhil, English, with Distinction, Glasgow (Scotland)
  • First Class degree, University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?