School Uniform Policy
Our policy on school uniform is based on the belief that school uniform:
promotes a sense of pride in our school
helps to create a sense of community and belonging towards the school
identifies the children with the school
supports our commitment to inclusion
prevents children from wearing ‘fashion clothes’ that could be distracting in class
is practical, smart and designed with health and safety in mind
is considered good value for money by most parents
Jewellery, Watches, Hair Ornaments, Make-up and Nail Varnish
For health and safety reasons we do not allow children to wear jewellery. The exceptions to this rule are earring studs in pierced ears, and small objects of religious significance.
Children are required to remove any items during PE lessons to prevent them from causing injury. Please note: Teachers are not permitted to remove earrings.
Wrist watches may be worn but only for the purpose of telling the time. ‘Smart’ watches linked to mobile phones are not permitted.
Make up and nail varnish should not be worn to school unless for an out of school hours’ function, for example a school disco.
For health and safety reasons and to ensure it does not distract from learning, we advise that long hair be tied back.
For health and safety reasons, we do not allow children to wear shoes with platform soles, high heels or flip flops. All children are requested to wear plain black shoes or trainers without logos as stated in the uniform list. If boots are worn these should also be plain black. If boots prevent children from sitting comfortably on the floor they may be asked to change into their PE shoes whilst inside the school building.
The Role of Parents
We believe that one of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and PE kit, and that it is clean, in good repair and that the child’s name is written on all items. If a parent has difficulties for any reason with fulfilling this request they are asked to speak confidentially to a senior member of staff to discuss the issues. Parents should be assured that we will do all we can to help. The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are legitimate reasons, for example on religious grounds, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will consider such requests sympathetically. If any parent would like to request a modification to the uniform policy they should, in the first instance, contact the Head of School or Assistant Headteacher.
The Role of Governors
The Governing Body supports the Executive Headteacher in implementing the school uniform policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding the uniform policy and liaises with the Executive Headteacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity. It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure that the school uniform meets all regulations concerning equal opportunities. Governors ensure that the school uniform policy enables children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hard wearing, safe and practical.
Monitoring and Review
The Governing Body monitors and reviews the school uniform policy through its committee work by:
• seeking the views of parents, to ensure that they agree with and support the policy
• considering, with the Executive Headteacher, any requests from parents for individual children to have special dispensation with regard to school uniform
School Uniform List
Our school uniform colour is a combination of royal blue and grey/black. Most items can be bought from High Street shops. Items which have the school logo on are sold by our school uniform supplier, Famous Branches.
Shoes should be flat, black and appropriate for school. If trainers are worn these should be plain without logos. Your child should wear shoes which he or she can manage to do up independently. Please do not send your child to school in shoes which prevent them from running in the playground. If boots are worn these also should be plain black. Children who wear boots that prevent them from sitting comfortably on the floor may be asked to wear their PE shoes whilst inside the building.
Children need a change of clothes and footwear for P.E. and a bag in which to keep the kit at school. All school uniform and P.E. kit must be named. Children can become upset as a result of lost clothing, please help us by naming everything.
Children should wear:
• black PE shorts
• royal blue or white T-shirt or polo shirt with or without the school logo
• a pair of plimsolls or trainers – velcro fastenings are essential for younger children
• for cold weather, children may wear royal blue or black jogging bottoms/leggings and a royal blue sweatshirt with or without the school logo
For health and safety reasons, children are not permitted to wear earrings for PE. Your child’s teacher will advise you when PE lessons take place so that earrings can be removed. Additionally, long hair must be tied back.
Our school uniform supplier is Monkhouse Schoolwear.
The PTA hold regular uniform sales where parents can buy second-hand uniforms. The dates are advertised in the school newsletter.