Letter: School conformists

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The Independent Online
Sir: Many years ago, I was a student at Dartington Hall, which was one of the very few boarding schools to defy convention and eschew uniforms. Our public-school contemporaries envied our freedom to wear corduroys and thick- knit, brightly coloured sweaters. The girls wore wide belts, tight sweaters, and pony-tails.

And yet then, as now, as shown in the photographs of the Haverstock School boys ('Why uniforms are back in vogue', 10 February), how we conformed] We were quite indistinguishable from each other.

Now I realise that perhaps it is better to wear a badge with pride than to be a sheep]

Yours faithfully,


London, SW17