Lincoln Castle Academy pupils set up not-for-profit business selling school uniforms
Pupils at Lincoln Castle Academy are setting up a not-for-profit business selling school uniforms at an affordable price.
Families will be able to buy uniform such as blazers and jumpers at cost price, and trade in uniform that has been outgrown or is no longer required to be sold off second hand.
Four Year 9 and 10 pupils will be directors of the company, working with ten others who will staff the "uniform swap shop".
When parents and carers bring in unwanted uniform, they will be given vouchers they can use to buy new or nearly-new uniform.
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Any additional donations which can't be sold off will be donated to Adisadel College, in Ghana, with which the school is working in partnership.
Rosie Pespell, 13 from Burton Road, will be one of the four directors of the company, in charge of uniform quality control.
She told the Echo she hoped the scheme would help her to realise a dream of one day being a business owner or entrepreneur.
"I'm hoping to learn all the skills and what it's like to own my own business," she said.
"I'm really interested in becoming an entrepreneur in the future.
"For the next two years, it's going to be down to me and three others to organise the whole project and get it off the ground.
"The great thing is that all the money we raise will go towards community projects in the local area."
The scheme is being made possible thanks to cash donated by Tory county councillor Alister Williams, who has given £1,500 from his Big Society Fund to the pupils.
Cllr Williams said: "Students of secondary school age can grow so quickly and uniform such as blazers and jumpers are very expensive.
"This is especially true if a family has two or three children.
"I approached Lincoln Castle Academy with an idea for the scheme and it's really exciting to see the kids pick it up and run with it.
"They are going to be working with Uniform Direct who are supporting the scheme.
"The uniforms will be sold to families at cost price and the traded items will be sold as second hand."