Designer behind Beyonce’s outfits comes up with new Stamford Welland Academy uniform

The final version of Stamford Welland Academy's new uniform, designed by former pupil Jaime Russon. EMN-150518-161124001
The final version of Stamford Welland Academy's new uniform, designed by former pupil Jaime Russon. EMN-150518-161124001
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The new Stamford Welland Academy, left, designed by former pupil Jaime Russon, right.

Jaime Russon, 29, worked with pupils at Stamford Welland Academy on the new design, which will be introduced in September.

Jaime attended the school when it was known as Stamford Queen Eleanor, and was invited back to give a fresh look to the current pupils. Since finishing her GCSEs in 2001 she has gone on to become a successful fashion designer, working around the world.

Jaime developed a design submitted by the Stamford community to come up with a uniform that represents the school’s new houses.

She said: “Being a former student I thought I could give something back to the school using my design knowledge and experience. I wanted to take on the challenge of designing the new school uniform which would reflect the school’s core values, yet remain affordable and practical.

“My inspiration came from the core values of the school: quality, excellence and success. I then worked closely with pupils at the school to create the final designs which went to a popular vote earlier this year.

“It has been a great experience and I cannot wait to see students walking through the streets of Stamford in their smart new uniforms.”

The new uniform, pictured right, will include a black blazer with grey taping on the lapels and embroidered with the academy’s lion crest. Girls will wear an open necked white blouse with the lion crest, embroidered in their house colour, on the collar. They will then have the option to wear a tartan kilt or black trousers.

Boys will wear a white collared shirt, black trousers, and a tie embroidered with the lion crest in their house colour. A new PE kit will also be rolled out over the summer.

School principal Anthony Partington said: “We have high expectations of all our students and this includes how they dress and present themselves to the wider community. However, it is important that the uniform is one that they can be proud of, is comfortable, practical, and looks good.

“We are delighted that so many people from the community got involved and submitted their own designs. The final three were all worthy winners, and we are delighted that the winning design has been transformed by Jaime.”